Note: This topic page contains material that is related to the new Farm Act, signed into law on February 7, 2014. ERS has published highlights and some implications of the Act’s new programs and provisions. Sign up for the ERS Farm Bill e-newsletter to receive notices of topic page updates and other new Farm Bill-related materials on the ERS website.
USDA's child nutrition programs provide a nutritional safety net for children and account for a quarter of USDA's domestic food and nutrition assistance outlays. ERS conducts research and evaluation studies of child nutrition programs and applies behavioral economic theory to study efforts to promote child nutrition. Information about program eligibility requirements, benefits, and the application process is available from the Food and Nutrition Service. ERS research focuses on five major domestic food assistance programs administered by USDA that exclusively or primarily serve the nutritional needs of children: