What You Need to Know About Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs
Posted at 7:30 am on Sunday, November 27, 2022
Nutrition and nutrition assistance programs help millions of Americans each year. However, finding benefits can be difficult to navigate alone. That’s why Benefits.gov is here to help in your search! Here is some helpful information about programs you may be eligible for:
Get Food Assistance with SNAP
If you need help feeding your family healthy food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could be a good option for you. SNAP approved foods include fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, bread and more.
SNAP is federally funded and administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. To get SNAP benefits, you must apply in the state where you currently live and meet income requirements. To apply, contact your state’s SNAP agency. Some states have online applications that can make it easier to apply.
Learn More About the WIC Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is another food and nutrition program that could help you. WIC provides nutritious foods and information about healthy eating to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and children up to five years of age. Single fathers and guardians are eligible to apply for children.
WIC provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals, and access to health and social services. To find out if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, complete the WIC Prescreening Tool.
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or TANF, automatically meets the income eligibility requirements.
If your household is eligible for SNAP and WIC, you can receive benefits from both programs at the same time. WIC is federally funded and administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Try Using the Food and Nutrition Category
For information on more programs, check out the Food and Nutrition category on Benefits.gov, which allows you to browse over 270 benefits. You can filter your search by state or subcategory to suit your needs. This is a great way to find other government benefits. However, you may not be eligible for these unless you meet the specified criteria listed on the program page.
Use the Benefit Finder to get personalized results
To find benefits just for you, take our Benefit Finder survey. It can take between 10 to 30 minutes to complete, and all your responses are confidential. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, it will show you benefits you may be eligible for and where you can apply.