Dietary Guidelines

Helping Americans Eat Healthier

Dietary Guidelines

Helping Americans Eat Healthier

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 the Food and Nutrition Service are administered at the state and local levels. Select your location from the dropdown below to find contact information
Nutrition Programs
FNS Program Areas
Assistance for People of All Ages
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.

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Assistance for Seniors
Assistance for Seniors

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

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Assistance for Babies, Young Children & Women
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.

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Assistance for Children from Kindergarten to 12th grade
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.

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Assistance for Native Americans
Assistance for Native Americans

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

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Nutrition Education
Nutrition Education

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

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SNAP
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.

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WIC
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. 

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TEFAP, CSFP, FDPIR, & USDA Foods
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.

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Child Nutrition
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. 

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Nutrition Policy and Promotion
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.

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