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College of Agriculture: Food & Nutrition Service

About FNS

The Food & Nutrition Service (FNS), established in 1969, administers food and nutrition programs in the U.S. It is best known for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the National School Lunch Program, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).


Evidence-based analysis and rigorous evaluation are critical tools to promote effective policies and strong management in the Federal nutrition assistance programs. The Office of Policy Support (OPS) leads the development and execution of FNS's study and evaluation agenda. This web page is intended to provide access to OPS's work to program partners, other stakeholders, and the general public.

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