We already know that feeding your body with healthy foods is crucial to so many things that keep your body healthy and running properly, but what happens when you can't afford to supply yourself or your family with the healthy foods needed to sustain health and wellness? This is where Nutrition Assistance Programs come in. Nutrition Assistance Programs are government funded programs that supply people who qualify with food or vouchers to buy specific healthy foods. Some programs that we will be looking into are Women Infants and Children(WIC), the Summer Food Service Program(SFSP), Food Stamps, and nutrition programs associated with the Older Americans Act(OAA).Some basic information about some of these programs can be found below.


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under when school is not in session.
Often times those meals are provided in a recreational type of environment such as a day camp for lower income families. This program ensures that children come back to school well nourished and ready to learn.

WIC is a program that provides grocery vouchers to women who are either pregnant or have children under the age of 5. The vouchers are good only for certain WIC approved brands and foods. Some of the products supplies include milk, cheese, eggs, whole grain bread, vegetables, fruits, beans, peanut butter and cereal. If a child is young enough formula may also be included. WIC is not the same as food stamps. There are fewer regulations on what you can buy with food stamps. WIC is not enough food to survive for the month, but it is designed to help families by supplementing only nutritious foods.


More information on the programs highlighted above can be found at the links below.
Summer Food Service Program
Administration on Aging