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What are some government-run food programs?

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, available in all 50 states, is a government-run food program that provides cards for low-income families to obtain food and other necessities. Applicants must meet certain financial guidelines to be eligible for SNAP.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the program formerly known as Food Stamps because members of the program were given physical stamps used to purchase food. The funds are now released to the member's EBT card which is provided by the government and works similarly to a debit card. Congress renamed the program SNAP in 2008.

WIC, or Women Infants and Children, is another government-run food program available for qualifying individuals. Generally pregnant women through pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth, breastfeeding women up to the baby's first birthday, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women up to six months after a birth qualify for WIC. Families with children up to their 5th birthday may also qualify.

WIC provides services such as infant cereal and formula, fruits and vegetables, milk, whole grain breads, tortillas and iron-fortified cereal, beans and eggs. WIC also provides educational resources and classes to participants so that they can learn more about healthy eating during pregnancy and providing nutrition to the entire family.

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