These programs provide supplemental food and nutrition resources to families with young children.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health. SNAP is a federal program administered on the local level by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Nationally, SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. SNAP is meant to be a supplement to one’s income to help ensure nutritional needs are met. Mississippi residents who face food insecurity are urged to apply for the program. Help is available for those struggling to put food on the table.

Website: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-(snap)/snap-for-the-client/

Contact: 877-882-4916 or ea.customerservice@mdhs.ms.gov

Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants, and children younger than five years old. The goal of the program is to ensure access to healthy foods and promote health to families and young children. WIC recipients receive a monthly package of nutritious foods and advice on healthy eating, health care referrals, and breastfeeding. Parents of children younger than 5 who meet income guidelines and are at medical or nutritional risk are eligible for this program. Recipients of TANF, SNAP, or Medicaid automatically meet WIC income guidelines. WIC services are delivered through local WIC clinics.

Website: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/41,0,128.html

Contact: 1-800-359-7832

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP is a federal program that supplements the diets of low-income families by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available to states by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Mississippi provides the food to local food banks, which distribute the items to approved food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters across the state.

Website: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/the-emergency-food-assistance-program-(tefap)/ or http://www.msfoodnet.org/help/

Contact: 601-353-7286 or e-mail info@msfoodnet.org

USDA Healthy Sprouts

Healthy Sprouts is a specialized outreach program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington County. The goal of the program is to work with pregnant women to increase their knowledge of child development and parenting best practices. The program’s curriculum includes culturally tailored nutrition and physical activity components specifically designed for pregnant women. The project draws from research on how gestational weight gain, poor nutrition, and low physical activity levels can complicate a woman’s pregnancy and put her and her child at risk for poor delivery and birth outcomes. The interventions of the Healthy Sprouts program are designed to optimize gestational weight gain and promote maternal postnatal and early childhood weight management in addition to emphasizing the latest approaches to child development and parenting.

Website: http://deltahealthalliance.org/project/usda-healthy-sprouts/

Contact: 662-686-7004 of email info@deltahealthalliance.org

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to preschool and school-age children from needy areas during extended vacation periods.

Website: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OCN/SFSP