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Data Visualization

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.

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SNAP in Action Dashboard

SNAP helps put healthy food within reach for those in need. This dashboard is intended to provide the public with an understanding of how SNAP helps make nutritious food more affordable for low-income households.

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FNS Program Participation Dashboard

The program participation dashboard is an interactive tool that provides FNS nutrition program data, including participation and meals served, at the state, territory, and national levels. 

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WIC & FMNP Outreach, Innovation, and Modernization Dashboard

USDA is investing in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) to reach more eligible families, keep families in WIC while they remain eligible, encourage families to redeem more of their food benefits, and advance equity. The dashboard tracks the progress of this work.

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Child Nutrition Dashboard

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.

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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 FNS will be posted here 
quarterly, as soon as possible following receipt.

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Nutrition Education and Local Food Access Dashboard

The Nutrition Education and Local Food Access Dashboard is comprised of public data. The goal of the dashboard is to provide a county-level visualization of FNS nutrition support, specifically nutrition education and local food access, alongside other metrics related to hunger and nutritional health.

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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.

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WIC Participant and Program Characteristics

FNS produces biennial reports 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.

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Estimates of WIC Eligibility and Program Reach

Each year, FNS estimates the number of eligible individuals for WIC during an average month of the calendar year. FNS uses estimates of the number of individuals eligible for WIC and the number likely to participate to better predict future funding needs, measure WIC performance, and identify potentially unmet nutrition assistance needs.

Page updated: March 14, 2024