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United States Department of Agriculture USDA

“We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.”


“The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives:

  1. Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and
  2. Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.”

The CNPP core initiatives include: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid), Healthy Eating Index, U.S. Food Plans, Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply, and Expenditures on Children by Families.

MyPlate includes fun resources such as food group lists, ways to increase healthy foods in the diet, recommendations for physical activities, food Super Trackers, and body mass index and calorie calculators, among many others.

The United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), historically and commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal-assistance program that provides assistance to low- and no-income people and families living in the U.S.” The agency’s “mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. No American should have to go hungry. We are committed to ensuring access to healthy and safe food for those participating in our programs including expecting mothers; infants and children in child care and school; low-income families going to food banks; local farmers markets; and local supermarkets.  These are investments that support education, health care, and a competitive workforce.”