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Food Assistance Programs

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and school meals.

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

Learn about programs that offer food and nutrition assistance for children, including the School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, National School Lunch Program and more.

Learn about the USDA commodity distribution programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Find food and nutrition programs that focus on the needs of older Americans, age 60 and over.

SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

WIC provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

USDA. National Agricultural Library. Food and Nutrition Information Center

Find general information and resources on hunger and food security, including links to governmental and non-government organizations.

HHS. Administration for Children and Families

Find out about a program that assists pre-school aged children from low-income families by providing comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services. See also: