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Federal Food Assistance/ Nutrition Programs


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The federal government funds a number of food assistance programs for people with a limited income. The programs are operated by state and local agencies using nationwide eligibility rules. 

Food programs that are funded by the federal government through state agencies include:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): formerly known as Food Stamps. 
  • Meal delivery programs serving people who are basically homebound and who meet local eligibility requirements.  
    • Eligibility requirements vary by local program. 
    • For information, contact the Eldercare Locator at 800.677.1116, or your local disease specific nonprofit organization.
  • Nutrition Program for the Elderly (NPE). 
  • Free food packets for needs-based program recipients. 
    • For information, contact the needs-based program from which you receive benefits.
  • Food purchase vouchers for low income pregnant women and to infants and children up to age 5. 
  • School breakfast, lunch, and summer vacation meals. 
    • For information, contact your children's school.
  • Food stocking of nonprofit group homes and pantries. 

For more information on the various programs, see the following site of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (which administers most of the nutrition programs): offsite link.

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