March 19, 2023

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service

american nutrition center

The mission of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations. We provide access to food, a healthy diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

FNS also administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. It is the nation’s primary source of nutrition assistance for millions of low-income people each month, increasing their purchasing power and helping them to buy healthy foods.

We serve millions of nutritious meals each day through 15 nutrition assistance programs, and we are committed to making sure that no one goes hungry.

In addition to serving meals, we provide nutrition education and other support services to children and adults who are vulnerable to hunger. Our nutrition programs include child nutrition programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and emergency food assistance, among other important support services.

For more information about our nutrition assistance programs, visit our website or contact your local USDA office.

Our Congregate Meals section of the OAA authorizes meals and other nutrition services in congregate settings, including senior centers, residential care facilities and faith-based programs, to help keep older Americans healthy and prevent them from needing costly medical interventions. These services offer opportunities for social engagement, nutrition education, meaningful volunteer roles, and a variety of activities that promote health and well-being.

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is responsible for developing and promoting dietary guidance that links the best evidence-based scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. It provides national leadership, technical expertise, and cooperation in the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Federal nutrition and economic initiatives.


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