FOOD & NUTRITION PROGRAMS

The links below can connect to websites of programs designed to supplement food needs for children & adults:

 



  • SNAP (food stamps)SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

  • ​NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM - The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

  • COMPASS LINK-  Compass is the PA website where families can apply for Free or Reduced Priced School Meals. Information transfers can be transfered to their school district if the student changes schools.

  • ​WIC - ​WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition services for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age five in a supportive environment.

  • PA NUTRITION NUTRITION NETWORK- The Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network (PA NEN) promotes healthful food choices to low income Pennsylvanians of all ages, and encourages individuals and families to adopt positive, sustainable diet-related behaviors through the development and support of public and private partnerships.

  • SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAMSThis website contains a searchable map for the locations of federally-funded free summer meal programs in Pennsylvania. These food service sites are open to children in the community and do not require registration. This site map allows the user to search for the closest summer food service sites to your neighborhood. To search, enter your street name and city (e.g. 210 41st St Philadelphia).

    Most sites operate Monday to Friday. Individual site hours and dates of operation vary and can be viewed by clicking on the red pin or on the site info in the sidebar.

 

  • KIDS NUTRITION: The Children's Nutrition Research Center is one of six federally funded human nutrition research centers in the nation and the first to conduct scientific investigations into the role of maternal, infant and child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth.

  • THE FOOD AND NUTRITION INFORMATION CENTER: The Food and Nutrition Information Center - a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971 - provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.

  • CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS: The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and Special Milk Program. Administered by state agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.

  • DIABETES MEAL PLAN: A diabetes meal plan is a guide that tells you how much and what kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times.