Food and Nutrition Service

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school meals. In partnership with State and Tribal governments, our programs serve one in four Americans during the course of a year. Working with our public, private and non-profit partners, our 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.

SNAP to Skills is managed by the Office of Employment and Training (OET) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) helps SNAP households gain skills, training, work, or experience that will increase self-sufficiency.


Mathematica is an employee-owned research firm with a mission to use high-quality data and evidence to improve public well-being and create a more equitable world. For more than 50 years, Mathematica has been a leader in generating reliable evidence to inform key policy, program, and practice decisions in nutrition, labor, early childhood, education, health, and family support programs. It is made up of more than 1,900 professionals who deliver evidence-based solutions that improve programs, refine strategies, and deepen understanding for Federal and State government agencies, private-sector organizations, foundations, and businesses.

Mathematica has partnered with FNS for decades to produce important research and provide in-depth technical assistance. Through this deep partnership, Mathematica staff have become trusted national experts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Employment & Training (E&T) program. Mathematica has provided policy and analysis support, technical assistance, rapid cycle evaluation of E&T program improvements, and more. The SNAP to Skills project is an exciting partnership between FNS and Mathematica designed to support States through convenings, virtual learning events, web-based tools, and other resources.