Listed below are many national federal and nonprofit food and nutrition benefit programs to help reduce hunger. In addition, AARP Foundation has prepared state-by-state public benefits guides for older people.
SNAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
Child and Adult Care Food Program. Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Commodity foods are made available to states, which in turn provide the food to local agencies that distribute to soup kitchens and food pantries.
Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP). Provides funding and USDA commodity foods to state Agencies on Aging and Indian Tribal Organizations to deliver nutritious meals to older adults.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Working through state agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations, SFMNP provides coupons for low-income seniors to buy fresh, unprepared foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program. USDA makes food and funding available to CSFP State agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations, which in turn distribute it to local anti-hunger organizations. The program focuses on pregnant women, infants and children, and people age 60+.
Alliance to End Hunger. Engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. The group is partnered with 75 member organizations, including corporations, nonprofit groups, universities, faith-based organizations, and individuals.
Bread for the World. Provides a collective Christian voice to urge the nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad by changing the policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist.
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. A policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, including extensive work on food assistance.
Congressional Hunger Center. Works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government, and to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger, and to advocate public policies that create a food secure world.
Feeding America. Its mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the United States in the fight to end hunger.
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state, and local nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
Meals on Wheels Association of America. The Meals on Wheels Association of America is made up of some 5,000 community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. territories. These programs provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day.
For a general overview of federal nutrition assistance programs for older Americans, see Nutrition Assistance for Older Americans, published by the AARP Public Policy Institute.
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