Find resources to support nutrition security, which USDA defines as when "all Americans have consistent access to the safe, healthy, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being." Not only should food be reliably available to everyone, but food should be affordable, culturally relevant, and nutritious.
Nutrition security focuses on health equity by addressing structural racism and inequality, particularly among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, lower income populations, and rural and remote populations including Tribal communities and Insular areas.
Learn how USDA is advancing nutrition security through meaningful support, healthy food, collaborative action, and equitable systems.
Find USDA's MyPlate tips for making healthy eating affordable on a budget.
Browse nutrition security webinars from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
View data, reports, articles, and interactive tools about nutrition security from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Programs
Discover the guidelines, regulations, and educational materials for the FNS programs that provide healthy food to children, including:
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- School Breakfast Program (SBP)
- Special Milk Program (SMP)
- Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Learn about the FNS programs that strengthen the American nutrition safety net by distributing high quality, American-grown foods:
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Learn how low-income seniors can receive coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
Find information on a program that safeguards the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, and health care referrals.
- WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
- USDA/Tufts Telehealth Intervention Strategies for WIC (THIS-WIC) Resource Library
- The WIC Hub: Research, Policy, Practice
Find information for applicants, recipients, and retailers about this safety net that provides eligible, low-income families with monthly benefits for purchasing food.
Other Nutrition Programs and Organizations
Find information about the Administration on Aging's nutrition services, including home-delivered meals, congregate meals, and nutrition education.
Learn about and locate meal delivery and congregate meal service programs for seniors, funded by the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.
View resources from nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food rescue programs.
Teach middle and high school students about the root causes of hunger and poverty and how they can take action.
Learn about global solutions for providing emergency food aid and supporting economic and social development.
Discover programs to end hunger and poverty, including No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters, for kids and low-income families.
Connect individuals to affordable foods and promote community-based solutions that result in self-reliance, economic justice and food security.
Community Food Systems
View funding opportunities for AMS' Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).
Search for a farmers market by zip code, product availability, payment method, and other criteria.
Discover the different definitions for "local" foods, including examples from state laws.
Find a collection of resources related to local and regional food systems.
This non-profit promotes healthy lifestyles through improved food access and environments.
View articles, statistics, and history about Community Supported Agriculture.