Lend a Helping Hand this Thanksgiving
In late November every year, Americans in the United States and abroad celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a holiday defined by family, giving thanks for life's blessings, and of course - delicious food. Not every American, however, has the same opportunity to enjoy a good meal at Thanksgiving and at many points throughout the year. That's why Benefits.gov wants to help guide those in need to information on federal food and nutrition assistance benefit programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers a number of food assistance programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net and provides benefits by state to low-income families and communities. Visit the SNAP "Benefit Details" page to learn more about application and eligibility criteria in your state. You can also learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP by using this list of 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag through SNAP.

You may also be interested in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC). Through this program, pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, along with infants and children up to age five, receive supplemental foods, nutrition education, referrals, and access to health and social services at no cost.

These are just a sample of the food and nutrition benefits you or someone you know might be eligible for. Even if you do not need food or nutrition assistance, consider sharing this benefit information with others in your community. Please visit our Food/Nutrition assistance benefit category page for more information. To find out if you are eligible for these, or any of the more than 1,000 other benefits on our site, click "Start Benefit Finder Now" on the homepage to use our confidential Benefit Finder.

Benefits.gov wishes you a happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the opportunity to help Americans like you!