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Costs and participation

USDA food and nutrition assistance programs, costs and participation, fiscal 2010

Program name

Year begun

Cost ($millions)

Participation

Food stamp-related programs
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-formerly the Food Stamp Program

1961

68,179.5

40.3 million participants
per month

Nutrition Assistance Program for Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas (NAP)

19821

2,048.5

Not available

Child nutrition programs
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

1946

10,458.0

29.3 million daily lunches served (average)

School Breakfast Program (SBP

1966

2,843.4

10.8 million daily breakfasts served (average)

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

1968

2,633.8

1.9 billion total
meals and snacks served

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

1969

356.7

134.2 million total
meals and snacks

Special Milk Program (SMP)

1955

11.9

72.1 million total
half pints served

Administrative Expenses for Child Nutrition Programs

-

388.6

-

Supplemental food programs
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

1972

6,756.5

9.2 million participants
per month

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

1969

203.2

518.9 thousand participants per month

Food donation programs
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

1981

467.9

Not available

Nutrition Services Incentive Program2

1965

1.0

Not available

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

1976

92.8

84.6 thousand participants per month

 
Disaster Feeding3

-

0.0

Not available

Administrative expenses, n.e.c.

-

151.7

-

Total expenditures

-

94,810.8

-

- = Not applicable.

n.e.c. = Not elsewhere classified.

Notes: Information on program costs and participation come from USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Program Information Report (Keydata) September 2010, December 2010 (subject to revision). Information on year program began comes from USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Annual Historical Review Fiscal Year 1997, September 1999.

1American Samoa's Nutrition Assistance Program started in 1994.

2Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (formerly known as the Nutrition Program for the Elderly).

3Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Last updated: Monday, June 04, 2012

For more information contact: Victor Oliveira