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  • 2013 Summer Food Service Program Webinar Series

    Learn how you can help feed hungry children this summer.
    Click here to watch all of our recorded webinars.

  • Latest E-Update Story

    April 4, 2013 -
    "Action for Healthy Kids" School Grants Improve Nutrition

  • Summer Food in Indian Country Videos
    FNS staff visited the Cheyenne River Sioux and Rosebud Sioux to document their amazing summer food programs.

  • "La Mesa Completa" Toolkit

    This .PDF toolkit is made for faith-based and community leaders who do nutrition assistance in Latino communities. 
  • "How to Get Food Help" Brochure

    The brochure explains all FNS programs that consumers apply to directly and helps identify programs in which they may be eligible. English. Spanish.
  • National Hunger Hotline

    The Hunger Hotline refers people in need of food help to pantries, gov't programs, and community organizations. Call Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST. Se habla español.
Getting Started
We're so glad you're ready to get started on ending hunger and improving nutrition in America. FNS has many programs designed to tackle the problems of hunger and poor nutrition, and we rely on people like you to reach those individuals in need. To find more information on the actions you can take, click on the boxes below.

What Can You do?

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Serve Meals
View programs that reimburse you for serving meals on site.

Connect People
Connect people to FNS programs like Summer Food and SNAP.
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Get Support
Opportunities to help you get resources for work that helps end hunger.

FNS works closely with many partners to achieve our goals.  Consider becoming a FNS partner.

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Find New Tools
Use these program toolkits to engage your community around nutrition assistance.
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Resources you need to conduct effective nutrition education.

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Access Data
FNS works to collect
the most up-to-date resources
for you.
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View Webinars
Access all of our webinars, past,
present, and future.


More Resources
Order Free Materials
Strategic Initiatives
Recruit volunteers or find volunteer opportunities

Contact Us
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1. How can I get help feeding my family?


Click here to learn about what food help programs you might be eligible for. If you have an emergency need for food, please call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY. They will help you find food pantries and other local organizations to get help in your neighborhood.


2. How do I order outreach brochures like "How to Get Food Help?
  Go to to order free SNAP and Team Nutrition materials. The new MyPlate Let’s Eat brochure is also available at this site.
3. How do I stay connected and up-to-date with the latest happenings at FNS?

  FNS has several services to keep you current with the latest happenings with FNS programs and other information related to food and nutrition. Here are some things we have for you:

◦ You can sign up to receive a monthly email from FNS Eupdates - "Your fun, fast, & healthy source for food and nutrition news" by clicking here.
◦ You can check out all Eupdates stories anytime by visiting the Eupdates page here.
Register for and join our many webinars we have each month. Learn, ask questions, share ideas, and get inspired.
◦ Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and read "Food and Nutrition" blog posts on the USDA blog.

4. How do I sign up for FNS social media?

  Download this useful handout to see all the social media tools FNS has to keep you connected and informed.


5. How can I learn more about your webinar schedules or view your
    previous recorded webinars?
  Click here to get information about our upcoming webinars and to access previous webinars that have been recorded into webcasts.
6. How do I order nutrition education materials in bulk for classes I teach?

  Visit our Nutrition Education section to find out more and order materials.
7. How can I get involved with improving access to FNS programs?
  Visit our Getting Started page to learn the many different ways you can make eligible people aware of nutrition assistance programs, including partnerships with the Food and Nutrition Service.
8. Does FNS or USDA have any grant opportunities?
  Visit for an up-to-date listing of all federal government grants.

9. How do I get information about eating healthy, especially on a low budget?

Visit to learn about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and how to eat healthy and stay active. This site has information for both adults and children of all ages. You can also visit the SNAP-ED webpage to learn about how to eat healthily even when money’s tight. This site has meal planning information, shopping tips, a recipe database, seasonal food suggestions, and much more.

Last Modified: 02/22/2013 


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