General Overview of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs

USDA's domestic food and nutrition assistance programs affect the daily lives of millions of people, with about one in four Americans participating in at least one food assistance program at some point during a given year.

Expenditures for food and nutrition assistance account for over two-thirds of USDA's budget.

USDA food and nutrition assistance programs, costs and participation, fiscal 2018

USDA expenditures on food assistance programs, fiscal 1980-2018

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Last updated: Thursday, September 19, 2019

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