Feeding America

Feeding AmericaThe mission of Feeding America is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Programs and Services

  • Child Hunger: The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
    • Kids Cafe: Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate during the afterschool hours—such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches or public schools. Learn more
    • BackPack Program: How can a child focus on solving a math problem or memorizing a new word when she or he is trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger? For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to nearly 230,000 children every year.  With your help, we can provide more. The Feeding America BackPack program is changing the lives of families in need. Learn more
    • Summer Food Program: The mission of the Summer Food Program is to meet the needs of hungry children in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when other resources are not available. Summer Food Programs may be meal based programs, typically reimbursed through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), or may be innovative distribution models that are specifically designed to fill the gap in services for children during the summer months. Learn more
    • School Pantry Program: The mission of the School Based Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families at school. School based pantries are located on the grounds of a school intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. Sites are consistently in the same location as the school’s campus, have set distribution schedules and offer ongoing food assistance services. School based pantries may have a permanent set up within a school, or may operate through a mobile distribution rotation where food is brought to the school campus. Learn more


  • Network Programs
    • The Mobile Pantry Program:  Mobile pantries allow food banks to engage a much larger circle of groups in supplying food to the needy, thereby increasing the number of people served, and extending service into regions that the food bank hadn’t before been able to reach. Learn more
    • SNAP Outreach Program: To increase SNAP participation, over the next five years we will do the following: assess barriers to program access, identify keys to success, develop strategies to improve participation rates and share best practices within the network. To maximize outreach efforts nationwide, we will provide financial and technical assistance, help food banks build relationships with their county and state SNAP officials, support the adoption of state SNAP-friendly policies and options, and assist food banks in leveraging federal funding and obtaining sustainable funding for their outreach efforts. Learn more
    • National Produce Program: This program offers a comprehensive array of services built around securing and distributing fresh produce throughout the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks. If you have a need for fresh produce, please use the website to locate a food bank member closest to you. Learn more
    • Disaster Relief: When a disaster strikes, our network supports relief and recovery in communities by distributing assistance through the more than 61,000 local agencies that we support. Feeding America also provides immediate relief through emergency feeding centers operated by NVOAD partners, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Learn more
  • Public Assistance: 
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): provides commodity food packages for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to their sixth birthday, and elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. Learn more
    • Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): is a federal program that provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) makes food products (commodities) as well as storage and distribution grants available to State Agencies and Indian Tribal Governments. Learn more
    • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): provides low-income children with free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Learn more
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table, providing benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary. SNAP responds quickly to changes in need, growing in response to increases in poverty and unemployment. Learn more

Check eligibility for the program

We have resources to help you find assistance. We believe that everyone deserves to have enough to eat and society functions better when people are fed.

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