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FNS regularly conducts research and data analysis to inform program or policy decisions and understand nutrition program outcomes. In addition, FNS seeks to make data accessible to state and local agencies, service providers, and the public by developing data visualization and analytics tools that can be used to support nutrition program delivery or report on outcomes.

The below data visualization and analytics products bring together FNS, USDA, and other federal datasets to answer questions related to food security, nutrition assistance programs, and the systems that support them. Dashboards include “about” or “information” pages to answer questions about navigation, interactive functionality, data sources, and the data transformations that have been applied.

Data Visualizations

Click on any of the images below to explore an interactive data visualization:

screenshot of child nutrition dashboard
Child Nutrition Dashboard

The Child Nutrition Dashboard is comprised of public data published in the child nutrition tables. The goal of the dashboard is to provide national and state level visualization of meals served, participation, and funding data for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. The Dashboard can be used by Federal, State, and Local Organizations to assess trends in Child Nutrition Program activity.

SNAP Replacement of Stolen Benefits Dashboard

This dashboard displays state-reported data provided to FNS in accordance with the January 2023 guidance on the replacement of stolen EBT benefits with federal funds. All data provided to the FNS will be posted here quarterly, as soon as possible following receipt.

Nutrition Education and Local Food Access Dashboard

The Nutrition Education and Local Food Access Dashboard provides state and county-level insights into nutrition assistance programs and their relationships with other measures related to hunger and nutritional health. By bringing together USDA’s Food Environment Atlas with farm to school intensity measures in one robust tool, this dashboard allows state and local governments, tribal leaders, policymakers, researchers, practitioners and many more to inform cross-program nutrition technical assistance and support states’ nutrition action planning.

SNAP Community Characteristics Dashboard Congressional District Explorer

This exploratory tool was built to share information about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation, income, and household demographics within each congressional district. Users may select their own district, along with any other district of interest, and can compare two districts at once within a given state.

SNAP Retailer Management Year End Summary Dashboard

This dashboard was created to share information about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer participation during fiscal year 2022. The goal of the dashboard is to provide an annual, state-level visualization of SNAP retailer management, including metrics related to authorizations, redemptions and compliance. Users may select specific measures to compare across states or specific retailer types for key metrics. This dashboard can be used by the public to gain insight on SNAP through retailer activity.

SNAP Household Characteristics and Participation Rates

These interactive graphics describe the economic and demographic characteristics of households participating in SNAP by state and over time, as well as SNAP participation rates by state and by household characteristic.

WIC Estimates of Eligibility and Program Reach

These interactive graphics are part of a series of annual reports that present national and state estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits and the percentage of the eligible population and the US population covered by the program, including estimates by participant category. Estimates by state and U.S. territory and by race and ethnicity are also provided.

WIC Participant and Program Characteristics

These interactive graphics are part of a biennial report series on WIC participant and program characteristics for use in program monitoring and managing WIC information needs. The data visualizations summarize demographic, income and health-related characteristics and behaviors of participants certified to receive WIC benefits.

Page updated: February 15, 2024