“I called 211 because I needed help to make Thanksgiving special for my family. The woman I talked to was very pleasant and helpful, and it was easy to register and get our dinner.”
United Way of Central Maryland client
Food Resources and Programs
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
To get SNAP benefits, you must apply in the state in which you currently live and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits..
Learn more here and to check eligibility requirements to see if you qualify.
Already a SNAP recipient? Fresh EBT is a free smart phone app available to check your SNAP balance and purchase history. Fresh EBT also includes a COVID response help center with information about changes to government benefits programs and connections to local organizations and resources. Learn more or download Fresh EBT at www.freshebt.com.
WIC is a federal financial assistance program offered through state governments to assist low-income households in purchasing essential food and supplies for pregnant women, infants, and young children.
WIC benefits can be used to purchase infant food and formula as well as nutritional foods like eggs, milk, cereal, peanut butter, fruits, and vegetables. Households enrolled in WIC can access health screenings, breastfeeding counseling, and immunization referrals.
Find your state agency for information on applying here.
There is no immigration status restriction or requirement for WIC in most states.
Kids from qualified, low-income households can get healthy meals or milk. There are two national programs that provide free or reduced-price meals at school. Both programs require you to apply through your child's school or school district:
Other Child Nutrition Programs provide free healthy meals and snacks to kids while they're out of school. If your child is out of school, you can call 211 to see where there are meal sites in your area.
More than 5.3 million seniors in the United States are food insecure. Most states offer two federally-sponsored programs to help seniors access affordable, nutritious food.