Information regarding free food programs is available on the website Nutrition.gov. There are a few different programs administered by the United States government, such as SNAP benefits and WIC benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, provides benefits that help qualifying families bring nutritious food to the household. Recipients can use SNAP benefits at participating grocery stores and farmers markets. In order to qualify for benefits, applicants must meet certain income requirements. Most states have employment requirements for applicants as well. Usually, adults between the ages of 18 and 50 who are able-bodied and do not have any dependent children must participate in an employment-training or workfare program in order to receive SNAP benefits.
The Women, Infants and Children Program, commonly referred to as WIC, provides qualifying women and children with benefits to allow the purchase of vegetables or fruit, cheese, milk, eggs and other items. The primary recipients of WIC are pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with dietary or medical problems, along with children under the age of 5 who lack access to proper nutritional foods. Participants must meet the income guidelines as determined by the agency that handles the WIC benefit program in the applicant's state.