Food Stamps and Wic

Food stamps and WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), along with the National School Lunch Program, are the leading federal programs aimed at addressing domestic hunger and nutrition issues in the United States. The Food Stamp Program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides government funds to eligible low-income U.S. residents for purchasing food products. WIC provides food funds, education, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children deemed to be at nutritional risk. Both SNAP and WIC are administered by the Food Nutrition Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with SNAP alone comprising more than two thirds of the USDA’s budget. Studies by the Food Nutrition ...

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