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The Role of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service
The Role of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
FNS has a long history of helping to end hunger, reduce diet-related diseases, and accelerate health equity. This report explains who we are, who we serve and highlights key work underway.
2022 White House Hunger Conference
White House Nutrition Conference
The White House released a National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. USDA is a key player in these efforts, touching each of the five pillars.
Food Safe Schools
Back to School
Resources, soundbites, social media content, and more on connecting kids with healthy meals at school and all year long.
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USDA Provides Additional Funds to Food Banks and School Meal Programs
Nearly $2 billion in additional funds will help organizations endure supply chain challenges and elevated food costs as they provide nutritious foods to kids and families.
This is a five step process.  One identify the scientific questions.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2025-2030
As the first step in the development of the next Dietary Guidelines, HHS and USDA are releasing proposed scientific questions for public comment. The comment period will be open for 30 days from April 15 through May 16.
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Build Back Better With School Meals
USDA today announced updates to the school nutrition standards that give schools a clear path forward as they build back better from the pandemic.
Spirit Lake children
USDA Invests $3.5 Million to Provide Food Purchasing Options to Tribal Communities
Demonstration project gives tribal communities that operate the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) greater control over food choices
USDA Supports Equity, Inclusion in Nutrition Assistance Programs
USDA Supports Equity, Inclusion in Nutrition Assistance Programs
FNS is committed to promoting equity and inclusion and today, is celebrating advancements made over the past year while acknowledging the long journey ahead.

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COVID-19

USDA is granting states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants across our 15 nutrition programs.

Our mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

Who to contact

Most nutrition assistance programs funded by FNS are administered at the state, territory, tribal, or local levels. Select your state, territory, or tribal organization from the dropdowns below to find contact information

Assistance for People of All Ages

Our 15 nutrition assistance programs touch the lives of one in four Americans each year, from infants to the elderly. Taken together, these programs comprise America's nutrition safety net, ensuring that no eligible American goes hungry.

Assistance for People of All Ages

Our 15 nutrition assistance programs touch the lives of one in four Americans each year, from infants to the elderly. Taken together, these programs comprise America's nutrition safety net, ensuring that no eligible American goes hungry.

Assistance for Seniors

FNS has programs that cater to our nation's seniors, age 60 and over.

Assistance for Babies, Young Children & Women

Our nutrition programs supplement the diets of babies, young children and women with healthy foods, while offering guidance with other needs, including nutrition education and health care referrals.

Assistance for Children from Kindergarten to 12th grade

FNS partners with state agencies to help fight hunger and obesity among school-age children by administering several year-round programs that provide healthy meals.

Assistance for Native Americans

FNS makes accessibility of nutritious foods for Native American families and those living on Indian Reservations a priority.

Nutrition Education

In the classroom and at home, FNS programs aim to reduce food insecurities and promote healthy food habits for everyone.

SNAP

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

SNAP

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

WIC

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children 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. 

TEFAP, CSFP, FDPIR, & USDA Foods

USDA's food distribution programs support consumers and American agricultural producers through purchases of 100% American-grown and -produced foods for use by schools and institutions.

Child Nutrition

Our child nutrition programs help to ensure that children have access to nutritious meals and snacks in schools, summer programs, childcare centers and homes, and afterschool programs. 

Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

Nutrition Assistance Program Block Grants

In lieu of SNAP, the NAP block grants provide food assistance to low-income households in the U.S. territories of the Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the CNMI.