SNAP Benefits Increased! Plus More Food Assistance Options For You to Explore

Great news: There's been a recent SNAP benefit increase. This is the result of increased budget for the Thrifty Food Plan, an annual adjustment done to accommodate current high food costs.

— USDA Nutrition (@USDANutrition) October 3, 2022

While we celebrate this additional help, here are other food assistance options that you can explore to enrich your household's resources. 

Food Assistance Programs

Food aid programs are here to empower and enable diverse homesteads to overcome their food insecurity. Check out this list we made below ti find out more about the different food programs made for various people and communities.

National School Lunch Program
NSLP is a federally funded food program offered at residential childcare facilities, nonprofit private schools, and public schools. Every school day provides kids unrestricted, inexpensive, or nutritionally balanced lunches.

School Breakfast Program
SBP pays states for running charitable breakfast programs in classrooms and residential childcare facilities. At the federal level, the SBP is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service. 

Special Milk Program
Children in schools and daycare facilities who do not take part in other federal food service programs are given milk by SMP. The program pays schools back for the milk they provide.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP is a federal initiative that reimburses qualified children and adults in childcare, daycare, and adult daycare facilities for wholesome meals and snacks.

Summer Food Service Program
SFSP is a state-run and federally financed initiative. It reimburses program managers who provide free, wholesome meals and snacks to kids and teenagers in underprivileged regions.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program
By providing wholesome USDA Foods to low-income older people who are at least 60 years old, CSFP aims to improve their health.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program
TEFAP offers free emergency food assistance to low-income Americans to supplement their diets. USDA gives states administrative funding and USDA Foods that are entirely American-grown to run TEFAP.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP provides nutrition benefits that can augment the food budget of American families. This is to enable American households-in-need to purchase healthy food and progress toward self-sufficiency.

The Women, Infants, and Children's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
WIC provides federal subsidies to states for supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, and nutrition instruction for low-income pregnant, nursing, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women as well as infants and kids up to age five who are considered to be at nutritional risk. 

Farmers Market Nutrition Program
WIC is also linked to the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). FMNP coupons are given out to eligible WIC members in addition to their usual WIC benefits. The purchase of qualified foods from farmers, farmers' markets, or roadside stands given the go-ahead by the state agency to accept FMNP coupons is permitted with these coupons.

Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
SFMNP aims to:
  • Give seniors with limited resources access to locally produced fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs.
  • Provide assistance with the creation and expansion of farmers' markets, roadside stands, and agricultural community support initiatives.
  • Increase domestic consumption of agricultural products.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
FFVP is a crucial weapon in the fight against childhood obesity. The program has effectively exposed elementary school students to a range of fruits they might not have had the chance to try otherwise. The public and commercial relationships that FNS and state agencies have formed, as well as the hard work of school administrators, have all contributed to the program's general success and popularity.

We hope this list of additional food programs can help you find nourishing food for you and your family.