USDA is committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to safe, nutritious food throughout their lifespan and among communities most at risk for food and nutrition insecurity. In fiscal year 2022, USDA nutrition assistance programs reached tens of millions of Americans, including more than 41 million Americans through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more than 30 million children each school day through the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs (NSLP/SBP), and nearly half of all infants in the United States through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Nutrition education complements the USDA’s nutrition assistance programs by promoting behaviors that reinforce optimal use of program benefits and reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA offers nutrition education through multiple providers and services are defined by program policies or guidance. Program implementation is determined by the unique qualities, skills, and constraints of program providers. Implementation is also influenced by the types of partnerships and agreements that support program delivery, available funding, and public health priorities determined through state or community needs assessments.