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The Food and Nutrition Program at UC Santa Barbara

Students in the food and nutrition program explore a variety of issues related to human consumption, food systems and culture. The program aims to promote the health and well-being of individuals and groups.

Food and Nutrition majors gain a broad knowledge base in the sciences, as well as skills that will prepare them for careers in a wide range of areas, including culinary and food industry, health care, community health settings, government and non-profit organizations, and academia. The degree also prepares you for graduate school and a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Faculty and staff members of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies are committed to your success, providing you with a supportive academic environment that encourages you to pursue your interests while gaining valuable knowledge and skills in food science and nutrition. Our students have access to hands-on experience and are supported to explore their individual strengths, develop new ones, and learn how to work with a team.

We’re also committed to increasing access to nutritious foods for low-income families and communities, through programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. We work with food pantries and soup kitchens to ensure they provide healthy, safe, and fresh food for their patrons, as well as help them become more efficient, effective, and sanitary.

SNAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income working people, seniors, and people with disabilities feed their families. The program provides electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase foods at retail outlets, restaurants, and other places.

The program also offers a wide array of nutrition education opportunities to adults and children. The program is designed to help participants learn how to choose healthier foods, make healthy choices at home, and stay physically active.

Other nutrition services include nutritional counseling for pregnant women and infants, and meals at public schools. These services are available at no cost through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for women and their children, the National School Lunch Program, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

In addition, SNAP also serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s domestic hunger safety net. It provides food assistance to more than a million Americans each month, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

SNAP has been around since 1946 and is a cornerstone of the federal Farm Bill. The program’s annual budget is among the largest of the 12 titles in the bill.

SNAP is the primary food stamp program in the country, and provides a means of income to millions of eligible low-income individuals and families. It is administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The agency also works to reduce hunger and food insecurity across the country, through its nationwide “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” campaign. The FNS has a staff of just a few hundred in its headquarters and regional offices. In addition, it has a large number of field offices throughout the country.

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