Nutrition Assistance Programs

Child and Adult Care Food Program: Provide a daily subsidized food service for an estimated 2.9 million children and 86,000 elderly or mentally or physically impaired adults in non-residential, day-care settings.

Child Nutrition Act: Created to help meet the nutritional needs of children.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Allows Indian Tribal Organizations to operate a food distribution program as an alternative to the Food Stamp Program for those living on or near an Indian reservation.

Head Start Program: Provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

National School Lunch Program: Program to provide low cost or free school lunch meals to qualified students through subsidies to schools.

School Breakfast Program: Provides federally subsidized breakfasts to children in schools and child care facilities.

Special Milk Program: Offers federal reimbursements for each half-pint of milk served to a child in a participating outlet, which generally is any school or facility caring for children that does not participate in other federally subsidized meal programs.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Federal assistance program for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five.

Summer Food Service Program: Operates in low-income areas during the summer months to provide meals and snacks to children in summer day camps.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Federal-assistance program that provides assistance to low- and no-income people and families living in the U.S.