March is National Nutrition Month
 
The food you eat is one of the most basic and vital components of your overall health. It's important to eat nutritious and hearty foods to sustain yourself throughout a busy day, and also to ensure your long-term well-being. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to consume a balanced diet-hectic schedules, financial constraints, and other challenges can get in the way. That's why Benefits.gov wants you to know about some helpful food and nutrition benefits.

One of the biggest national nutrition benefits is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), WIC provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and access to health and social services to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five at no cost. You can contact your WIC state agency for more information. Another USDA program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), helps ensure that children continue to receive free, nutritious meals even when school is not in session. This benefit is provided to all children aged 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

In addition to benefits, there are many online resources to help guide you to a more nutritious diet. Nutrition.gov provides many tips on how to cook healthy meals, shop for nutritious foods, and manage your weight. It also provides information on a number of federal food assistance programs. Check out their Smart Nutrition 101 page for guidelines on healthy eating.

There are a number of benefits and resources available to help you lead a more nutritious life. You can find related programs by taking a look at the other Food/Nutrition benefits available on Benefits.gov. We also encourage you to use our Benefit Finder tool to find additional benefit and assistance programs that fit your needs.

 

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