McGovern and Dole established the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Nutrition Program in 2000 to provide meals to children in the United States and around the world.
On McGovern's passing, Dole said, "the world has lost a great American" and his "legacy has touched countless lives."
"Senator George McGovern lived his life by serving others. Today, 31 million children will participate in the school lunch program thanks to the tireless efforts of Senator McGovern – a humble, compassionate and caring man who always looked out for those in our society who needed a helping hand." Dole said in a statement. "His influence in fighting hunger extended far and wide, and our world is a better place because of his generous spirit."
McGovern moved to Florida in 2008 after the death of his wife, Eleanor. Although he retired from politics, McGovern stayed active, working on issues such as world hunger.
He traveled to Cuba and visited a medical clinic there. McGovern had close ties with Fidel Castro, whom he called a close friend, and was an outspoken opponent of the U.S. embargo against the Communist country.