Technical Assistance Resource Page: Food and Nutrition (2011)
A general overview of resources and documents related to food and nutrition is provided in the PDF report attached to this page. The report discusses the three main federal programs that provide food for those who are homeless and/or have low income. They are: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Women, Infants and Children Program, and Nutritional Programs for the Elderly.
Access to nutritious food is essential to a person’s health and well-being. For individuals who experience homelessness, obtaining healthy food is a challenge. The most vulnerable individuals within the homeless population—children, individuals who are elderly, and people with ongoing health problems—face additional hardships and barriers to accessing the food necessary to maintain health. The three main Federal programs that provide food to people who are homeless and/or who have a low income are: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), and, Nutritional Programs for the Elderly. States and communities often have additional programs, (e.g., school food programs, food pantries, and soup kitchens) that provide help with food. This report reviews resources and documents related to food and nutrition. It also provides specific information on the three main Federal programs.
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