Non-profit Government Programs

On the local and national level

National Programs

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

SNAP is a program that provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.


  • In 2014, there were 1,575,676 participants in North Carolina
  • The average monthly benefits in a North Carolina household is 260.98
  • There were 808,476 households in North Carolina that participated in this program

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

The TANF program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish the purposes of the program.


  • The average monthly number of TANF families was 1,847,155 in 2010
  • The average monthly number of TANF recipients was about 1,084,828 adults and 3,280,153 children.
  • 82% of TANF families received SNAP benefits in 2010

Local Programs

YMCA Program for Diabetes Prevention

The program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

They discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, etc.

They encourage staying motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.


  • There are 21 million participants in the YMCA program, with half of them being children
  • It is the largest non-profit program for child care
  • There a programs found in every community. The program closest to me is in Burlington, NC

Interfaith Food Shuttle

The Interfaith Food Shuttle is found in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is an innovative hunger-relief organization. They provide food for those in need in the healthiest way. The Interfaith Food Shuttle has a farm where they grow their own crops and livestock. They are fully supported by volunteers who come to work on the farm throughout the year. They not only supply meals, but they teach those in need how to make healthy meals.


  • In 2012, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle recovered over 7.1 million pounds of food
  • Food is delivered to 223 programs and 187 agencies that feed the hungry and distributed it through 1440 free Mobile Markets in low-income neighborhoods across 7 counties.