US Nutrition Assistance Programs

Groceries in a brown bag Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Increases food security and reduces hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.


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.


American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Federal Food & Nutrition Assistance Programs

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides increased funding to Federal nutrition assistance programs to help workers and families.


Loving Your Family Feeding Their Future Loving Your Family Feeding Their Future: Nutrition Education Through SNAP

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides educational and promotional materials and techniques to help nutrition educators in their work with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. Materials are specifically targeted and designed for English and Spanish speaking women with children ages 2 through 18.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

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


WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Program 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.


Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.


The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available to States. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.


Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations.


Baskets of Produce at Farmers Market Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets to WIC recipients.


Food & Nutrition Assistance

USDA. Economic Research Service.

ERS studies and evaluates aspects of nutrition assistance programs, including outcomes and effects on vulnerable populations, operations and integrity, role in food security, and relationship with the general economy.


Child and Adult Care Food Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

CACFP supports nutritious meals and snacks in child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, after-school programs, shelters and adult day care centers. Program provides reimbursement for food and meal preparation costs, ongoing training in the nutritional needs of children, and onsite assistance in meeting the program's nutritional requirements.


National School Lunch Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Program homepage includes program fact sheet, history, eligibility information, reimbursement rates, guidance materials, regulations, reports, and presentations.


Child Eating School Lunch School Breakfast Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Program homepage includes guidance materials, program history, regulations, menu planning information, income eligibility guidelines, and more.


Thrifty Meals Recipe Book cover Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals (PDF | 253 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Provides cooking guidance, 40 low-cost, healthy recipes, and a list of best-buys for cost and nutrition. Note: this resource is no longer available in print.


Eat Smart Live Strong logo graphic of a carrot and apple. Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for FNS nutrition assistance programs.


Special Milk Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve.


Summer Food Service Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

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


Mother and two children produce shopping Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Healthy Lifestyle

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help them eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for their kids.


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Program awards grants to States, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.


WIC Works Resource System (WWRS)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Nutrition service tools for health and nutrition professionals. The WIC Works Resource System (WWRS) provides on-line resources for staff working with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).


SNAP-Ed Connection SNAP-Ed Connection

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

A resource system for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program nutrition education providers.


Healthy Meals Resource System (HMRS)

Provides technical assistance support and materials for Child Nutrition professionals. Includes training & education materials, approved Nutrient Standard Menu Planning software programs and also connects schools with chefs willing to collaborate with school nutrition programs.


USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Find information on the Thrifty Food Plan (the basis for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamp Program, allotments) and three other levels and other resources and reports related to official Food Plans.


Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs Briefing Room

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Program addresses the research needs of the Nation's food assistance and nutrition programs.