Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table, providing benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary. SNAP responds quickly to changes in need, growing in response to increases in poverty and unemployment. The program is targeted at our most vulnerable citizens, predominantly serving households with children, elderly, and disabled members. SNAP benefits phase out as participants get back on their feet, with the average household staying on the program less than a year. SNAP is not only effective at reaching those in need but is also a highly efficient program, boasting one of the highest payment accuracy rates in delivering the appropriate benefit levels for participants with low administrative overhead.
For additional information:
SNAP Program Overview: www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
SNAP Program Data: www.fns.usda.gov/pd/snapmain.htm
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
For additional information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Through the SFSP, summer child nutrition programs can provide up to two healthy meals or snacks per day to children and teenagers age18 years and younger at approved central sites in low-income areas. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for those who are mentally or physically disabled. Camps and sites that primarily serve migrant children may be approved to serve up to three meals. Sponsors receive reimbursement payments for allowable costs, such as food or administrative staff that support the operation of the program. Schools, public agencies, camps, and private nonprofit organizations may apply to sponsor the program. All sponsors receive training from their state agency before starting the program to learn how to plan, operate, and monitor a successful food service program.
The Mobile Pantry Program
Mobile pantries allow food banks to engage a much larger circle of groups in supplying food to the needy, thereby increasing the number of people served, and extending service into regions that the food bank hadn’t before been able to reach.
Additonal Hunger Resources:
Feeding America: http://feedingamerica.org/
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): http://frac.org/