Federal Nutrition Programs

The only way to meet the needs of people facing hunger is through both a strong charitable system and deep government investment in our federal nutrition programs.

TEFAP is a key public-private-charitable partnership. It helps the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers, and food banks connect nutritious food with families facing hunger. TEFAP is the backbone of the charitable food system. Last year, it provided more than 20% of the food distributed through local hunger-relief organizations. During this pandemic, TEFAP will be more vital than ever to ensure our network has enough food to support families struggling with hunger.
SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger for 40 million people who are low-income. For every meal the Feeding America network of 200 food banks provides, SNAP provides nine. This program is key to ensuring people facing hunger are able to get the food they need during this pandemic and the potential economic downturn that will follow.

Ending child hunger is more important than ever. 22 million children receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year – potentially the only reliable meal that they will receive on any given day. The pandemic has forced schools to close and businesses to lay off workers, meaning more children than ever are not getting the food they need.