Find Nutrition Assistance
Eligibility criteria, program
descriptions, and contact information
in English and Spanish about federal
and state government benefit and assistance programs,
including food and nutrition. An online form helps users identify
benefits for which they may be eligible,
- Feeding America: Food Bank Locator.
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Reports, journal articles, dietary-guidance materials, food plans, and a food
encyclopedia. Resources include
Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.
Links to the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 7th ed. (2010), which include recommendations for women capable of becoming pregnant and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC).
Databases and resource lists with links to reports, policy statements, food
and nutrition education and training materials, websites, listservs and blogs,
and other tools on topics that include nutrition during pregnancy. FNIC's WIC Works Resource System presents program information, training tools, nutrition education
materials, and other resources for and about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
- FoodSafety.gov: Food Safety for Pregnant Women. Links to a checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy and a guide to selecting, preparing, and handling foods safely throughout pregnancy.
- March of Dimes (MOD): Eating and Nutrition. Information about healthy eating before and during pregnancy. Topics include folic acid, caffeine, food safety, and foods to avoid.
- National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD): Folic
Acid. Facts, data and statistics, research information, scientific articles, recommendations,
educational materials, and multimedia tools
for health professionals and women of childbearing age about the importance
of folic acid consumption in helping to prevent neural tube defects.
- Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC). Program information and data, eligibility criteria,
publications, and state agency contact information
for this program that provides federal grants
to states for supplemental foods, health care
referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant,
breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women
with low incomes and for infants and children
up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional
risk. Also see the Food
and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) and
its collection of resources about WIC.
- Rasmussen KM, Yaktine AL, eds. 2009. Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. [Report].
- Suitor CW, ed. 2010. Planning a WIC Research Agenda: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
- Also see the MCH Library resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Data and Statistics, and in particular, the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS).
Related MCH Library Resources
Nutrition During Preconception and Pregnancy: Resource Brief. (January 2012). (Updated: May 2012).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.