Expenditures for USDA’s food assistance programs continued to contract through 2019

Expenditures for USDA’s food assistance programs continued to contract through 2019

Federal expenditures for USDA's 15 food and nutrition assistance programs totaled $92.4 billion in fiscal 2019, or 5 percent less than the previous fiscal year. This was almost 22 percent less than the inflation-adjusted historical high of $117.9 billion set in fiscal 2013. Expenditures decreased by 8 percent for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and by 6 percent for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2019. Expenditures for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program each increased between 2 and 3 percent.


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