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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)A government program that provides CACFP reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. The program also provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities. This excludes programs receiving reimbursement from the National school lunch program.
Community meal programMeals for a target group.Congregate meals
Food and nutrition incentive programFinancial incentives or matching programs to promote consumption of healthful foods including produce via community supported agriculture and other initiatives.Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive program Senior farmers market
Food pantryA community based supportive food and nutrition program offering food to individuals for consumption. https://www.feedingamerica.org/our-work/food-bank-network, https://www.fns.usda.gov/fdpir/food-distribution-program-indian-reservations.FDIPR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation) School based pantry
Food prescription programPrescription from a health care provider to access foods recommended, which also includes vegetables, fruits, and prescriptions for other foods. Food Prescription Produce Prescription Veggie Prescription
Food provision programFood offered when a support need is identified. Examples include groceries as part of an education opportunity (e.g., cooking class), commodity food program, food rescue or gleaning program (e.g., produce brought to a clinic), or weekend food backpack program.
Garden programsActions to plant gardens to produce foods for consumption.
Medically Tailored MealsMeals customized to a person's medical needs and provided for consumption.
School meal and snack programMeals and snacks that meet specific nutrition standards and are available to school-aged children throughout the school year including funding from the national school lunch program or another nonprofit.
Special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC)Supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk (https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic).WIC farmers market program
Summer meal and snack programA program that reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas during out-of-school time (e.g. summer, holidays, weekends).
Supplemental nutrition assistance programA government based nutrition benefit program to supplement the food budget of qualified families for purchasing food. The US program is currently call the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)(https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program).
Home Delivered mealsMeals delivered to a client's residence.