Food

Food

Food

You can get help to feed your family after a job loss.

Several programs can help you afford food while you're unemployed.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income households with electronic benefits that can be used like cash at most grocery stores.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides food support, health care referrals, and nutrition education to low-income pregnant women, and to infants and children up to age five. Learn how to apply for WIC.

Free and reduced price school meals might also be available to your school age children. Learn how to apply for free and reduced-price school meals.

Note: COVID-19/Coronavirus update

The federal government has designated substantial new funds to SNAP, anticipating many new applications. It has also funded local school food distribution for students in grades K-12; contact your local school district to participate. American Indian reservations, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa will also receive additional funds for federal nutrition programs.

Use the national Food Finder to locate food pantries, kitchens, and shelters that serve food for free in your local area.

Get expert advice and resources for food planning during Coronavirus from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.