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FNS Nutrition Programs

Our mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and people with low income access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. No one in America should have to go hungry.

FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 16 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school meals. In partnership with state and tribal governments, our programs serve one in four Americans during the course of a year.

Nutrition Assistance Programs

mom and daughter choosing apples
woman shopping at a produce stand
toddler eating veggies
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program


Child Nutrition Programs

two boys eating in a field
kids eating school lunch
kids picking up grab and go breakfast
teacher feeding an infant
Summer Food Service Program
National School Lunch Program
School Breakfast Program
Child and Adult Care Food Program
student working on a hydroponic garden
fruits and veggies
school nutrition professional carrying a carton of milk in a walk-in cooler
family shopping
The Patrick Leahy Farm to School Program
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Special Milk Program
Summer EBT


USDA Food Distribution Programs

man and woman shopping
women hugging at the checkout
man carrying cans
student checking out at school lunch line
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Emergency Food Assistance Program
USDA Foods in Schools


Page updated: November 20, 2023