The government offers a variety of programs for food assistance funded by grants, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and the Women, Infants and Children program, also called WIC. The government also provides a number of different nutrition programs for children and the elderly.
One of the more popular food programs available from the government is SNAP. This program helps low-income individuals and families to buy food, and the programs are managed through state and county offices. This program was formerly known as Food Stamps.
The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides grant money to states to provide low-income senior citizens with coupons that are exchanged for eligible foods, such as vegetables, fruits, honey and fresh-cut herbs. These coupons can be used at roadside stands, farmers' markets and agriculture programs supported by local communities.
The WIC program provides grants to states for health care referrals, supplemental foods and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, nonbreastfeeding, breastfeeding and postpartum women. Money is also provided for infants and children up to the age of five who are considered to be at a nutritional risk. Food distribution and school meal programs are also provided to states by funds from the federal government.