USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
WASHINGTON: Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) Brandon Lipps today highlighted the vital work Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has done this year to provide food assistance to the millions of Americans impacted by unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires, as well as the numerous actions FNCS has taken to promote self-sufficiency, integrity, and customer service within federal nutrition programs.
“Secretary Perdue charged the entire department to ‘do right and feed everyone,’ and FNCS has been diligently working to advance that goal,” Lipps said, “by ensuring all Americans are fed in times of need while seeking ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department’s nutrition assistance programs.”
Key accomplishments include:
Expanding flexibility in delivering wholesome, nutritious, tasty school meals
Responding to an unprecedented disaster season with targeted nutrition assistance
Supporting work and self-sufficiency among SNAP participants
Listening to customers and expanding transparency in the Dietary Guidelines process
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the Summer Food Service Program. Together, these programs comprise America's nutrition safety net.