More and more Americans are pinching pennies to stay afloat. Wages are stagnant, and costs are creeping up relentlessly, so it gets harder and harder to make ends meet. It’s one thing to cut back on disposable luxuries; it’s another thing entirely to sacrifice nutrition for other, more “necessary” expenses like rent or healthcare. If your budget is causing you and your family to go hungry, it’s time to look for help.
The US Government runs programs that help low-income Americans afford food. If you need help putting food on the table, here are a few programs worth further examination. Links to programs discussed here are at the end of the article!
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is the largest agency within the domestic hunger safety net, offering nutritional assistance to millions of Americans. They provide financial help to low-income individuals, families, and communities. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works alongside SNAP with neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, nutrition educators, and State agencies to make this program work. SNAP and the FNS work together to give potential beneficiaries the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about accessing benefits and applying for the program.
The FNS seeks not only to improve SNAP’s administration but to ensure the program’s integrity by working with the retail community and other State partners.