Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-28-1) 6 pp

September 2002

Food Assistance Landscape, September 2002

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans is served by 1 or more of the 15 domestic food assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at some point during the year. These programs provide needy persons with access to a more nutritious diet, provide opportunities to improve the eating habits of the Nation's children, and help America's farmers by creating an outlet for the distribution of food purchased under farmer assistance authorities. The Food Assistance Landscape, September 2002 provides a concise summary of USDA's food assistance programs at the midpoint of fiscal 2002, including trends and economic conditions affecting the programs.

Keywords: food assistance, Food Stamp Program, WIC, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program

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