Feeding your family on a tight budget? Check out some of these resources to help you put healthy food on the table.
Texting Hotline to Find Meals During Coronavirus School Closures
No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to COVID19. Families can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877877 to find their nearest sites. If you want additional resources for sharing with friends, family and colleagues click here.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides healthy food, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is available in all U.S. states and territories. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) helps low-income families buy the food they need for good health. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
If you need emergency food assistance, the nationwide Feeding America network of food banks can help.
Seek out delicious, farm-fresh food in your community and support your local farmers. Many markets accept SNAP and WIC benefits, and some even double SNAP dollars.
Find a Local Farmers Market. Click on "Payments Accepted" to see if they take SNAP or WIC benefits.