The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) manages 15 nutrition and food assistance programs that influence thousands of individuals. They comprise about two-thirds USDA’s budget for the year. To combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USDA launched additional temporary programs and implemented a number of policy changes that broadened the reach and scope of the existing programs. Together, these efforts led to a rise in spending on nutrition and food aid programs during the fiscal the year (FY) 2021 (October 1st, 2020 until September 30th 2021) that reached the highest level in history in the amount of $182.5 billion. The report draws on preliminary information of USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as well as USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to study the trends in programs and changes to policy within USDA’s most extensive U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs until FY 2021.

Keywords Programs for nutrition and food aid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), National School Lunch Program (NSLP) school Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (P-EBT), Electronic Benefits of Pandemic Transfer (P-EBT), Farmers to Families Food Box Program Emergency allotmentsfor food, Food Security COVID-19, Coronavirus Economic conditions


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