Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-28-5) 6 pp

October 2004

Food Assistance Landscape, September 2004

Expenditures for USDA's 15 food assistance programs totaled $23.3 billion during the first half of fiscal 2004 (October 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004), an 11-percent increase over the first half of fiscal 2003. If this trend continues during the second half of fiscal 2004, expenditures for the entire fiscal year will surpass the record $41.8 billion spent on food assistance in fiscal 2003 (prior to fiscal 2003, the previous historical record was $38.1 billion set in fiscal 1996). Five programs-the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program-accounted for almost 95 percent of USDA's total expenditures for food assistance. While each of these major programs expanded during the first half of fiscal 2004, most of the increase in total food assistance expenditures was due to the expansion of the Food Stamp Program.

Keywords: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP, Food Stamp Program, food stamps, FSP, National School Lunch Program, NSLP, School Breakfast Program, SBP, Summer Feeding Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, CACFP, WIC

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