The NC Food and Nutrition Resource Programs quick reference guide provides a snapshot of fourteen different United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs available in North Carolina.
These programs provide a vital source of nutrition support and act as a stimulus for local economies. This brochure is designed to be used by anyone that directly works with people who may benefit from knowing more about these USDA programs and how to access them.
The guide is available to food security program partners, community partners, and school resource providers to use in their communities. This is not intended to be a handout given directly to program participants. NC Food and Nutrition Resource Programs quick reference guide is available as a printed document and can also be downloaded in both English and Spanish for virtual use. This website has live links, helpful information, and will have regular updates. To receive additional copies of the printed resource, please contact Rachel Pohlman or Jayne McBurney at NC.SNACmail@gmail.com.
This reference guide was created to increase awareness and use of the federal programs that work to increase food access in NC. “A vital source of support, the federal nutrition programs can help reduce food insecurity, improve dietary intake and health, protect against obesity, and boost learning and development. In addition, the federal nutrition programs support economic security, help lift families out of poverty, and act as a stimulus for local economies. Yet, despite significant growth and success in expansion efforts, the programs are still reaching too few eligible people.” Poverty, Hunger, Health and the Federal Food Programs: A Profile of the Southern Region – Food Research & Action Center
North Carolina’s State Nutrition Action Coalition (NC SNAC) is a state-level collaborative with active representation from state agencies and nonprofits that implement the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs. Together, the SNAC partnering organizations reach people throughout their life span, providing food benefits, nutrition education, healthy community changes, and obesity prevention services to reduce food insecurity and improve the quality of life of North Carolinians.
Submitted by: North Carolina State Nutrition Action Coalition (NC SNAC)