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Food and Nutrition Programs

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Nutrition Assistance Programs
USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center. Provides resources on government and private programs that help alleviate hunger and food insecurity.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Collates all the materials on SNAP (known formerly as the Food Stamp Program) including eligibility requirements, application instructions, participating retailers, types of food that can and cannot be purchased, and instructions for retailers.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Provides information about WIC's effort to supply food, healthcare referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five at nutritional risk. Includes an eligibility screening tool and application instructions.

School Meals: Child Nutrition Programs
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Gives an overview of the USDA programs that help fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children. Describes initiatives including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.

Food Distribution Programs
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Organizes resources on USDA's efforts to supply food products to government nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch Program.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service. Presents information on USDA's programs that provide foods to low-income households on Indian reservations and to Native American families in designated areas near reservations and in the state of Oklahoma.

Hunger & Food Security
USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Describes programs funded by USDA to perform research, education, and extension work to study and support the ways that people have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Nutrition Services (OAA Title IIIC)
DHHS. Administration on Aging. Lists federally-funded food programs that provide meals and related nutrition services to older people in group settings such as senior centers or by delivery to those who are homebound due to illness, disability, or geographic isolation.

Feeding America: Programs & Services
Feeding America. Covers programs designed to provide food to Americans struggling with hunger, places for children to have a meal, emergency assistance for disaster victims, and low-income adults.

Food Research and Action Center
Food Research and Action Center. Gives information about efforts to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under nutrition in the United States. Includes materials about state and federal initiatives.

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels. Contains information on a national organization of community-based senior nutrition programs providing over one million meals each day.

No Kid Hungry
Share Our Strength. Links to a campaign to provide kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

World Food Programme
United Nations. Describes programs to support food security and nutrition, especially after emergencies.