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Food and Nutrition Service

 

Food and Nutrition Service

Food and Nutrition Service
Agency overview
Parent agency United States Department of Agriculture
Child agency
Website http://www.fns.usda.gov/

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was established on August 8, 1969. The FNS is the federal agency responsible for administering the nation’s domestic nutrition assistance programs. The service helps to address the issue of hunger in the United States. It administers the programs through its headquarters (HQ) in Alexandria, VA; regional offices (ROs) in San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, and Robbinsville (NJ); and field offices throughout the US. While its staff number among the USDA's fewest, its budget is by far the largest.

Services

FNS products and services enhance the lives of one in five Americans; its main products and services include:

  • commodities supplied as: prepared meals that are served at congregate feeding sites; food packages that may be used for home consumption; and disaster relief assistance
  • food assistance through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards; nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals and snacks; vouchers; and, fresh, locally grown produce
  • nutrition education and promotion materials and presentations delivered by expert staff and senior managers; and
  • food safety and security efforts, technical assistance and informational materials

Nutrition assistance programs

These products and services are provided through fifteen domestic nutrition assistance programs:

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