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For those struggling to afford food, SNAP isn't the only resource available. Here's a list of other alternatives:

List of other alternatives

Food Banks and Pantries

These institutions offer free food to those in need. Locate one nearby by searching online or reaching out to your local food bank association.

Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters

They offer free meals for those who need them. Local government websites or nonprofit organizations can help direct you to these services in your area.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

A federal initiative, WIC offers food aid to expectant mothers, new mothers, and children below 5 years of age. For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the WIC website.

School Meal Programs

U.S. public schools provide free or low-cost meals to all students. Parents can contact their child’s school or district office to learn about accessing these meals.

Summer Food Programs

Sponsored by the USDA, these programs serve free meals to children during the summer break. More details can be found on the USDA website.

Private Organizations

Beyond government and nonprofit programs, many private groups, like churches or synagogues, often run food banks or pantries. Some organizations offer specialized food support to particular demographics, such as veterans, the elderly, or those with disabilities.

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