Food Assistance Programs

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USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Administers the Federal food and nutrition assistance programs, such as Food Stamps, WIC, and School Meals, provides better access to food and promotes healthy eating through nutrition education programs.

To learn how to get assistance from one of these programs, see the How to Get Food Help brochure.

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USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Team Nutrition's Goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) provides a basic safety net to millions of people by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families that can be used to purchase food. Find out more...

A mother holding a baby WIC - Women, Infants, and Children

Program that serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Program provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks in child care centers, family child care homes, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day care programs.

Head Start

Program focuses on assisting pre-school aged children from low-income families by providing comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services.

boys eating lunch School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Find out about the USDA programs that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches and breakfasts to children each school day.

Summer Food Service Program

Resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program.

Elderly Nutrition Program

Locate food and nutrition programs such as congregate meals and home-delivered meals for older Americans.

Commodity food distribution Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Federal program that helps supplement diets of low-income persons in need, including seniors, by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Commodity Distribution Program

Information on USDA commodity food programs, including eligibility information and commodity food fact sheets and recipes.

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Provides commodity foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations.

Additional Resources

Young child eating Hunger and Food Insecurity

Locate resources, programs and organizations working to combat hunger in the US.

How to Get Food Help cover How to Get Food Help

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

A brochure for consumers to help them navigate social services and FNS nutrition assistance program applications. Also helps consumers identify which programs might be right for them.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

GSA. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Database of all Federal assistance programs including grants, loans, training, insurance and advisory services.

Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs Research Programs (FANRP) Briefing Room

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Premier source of economic research on food assistance and nutrition in the United States.