Financial Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides food benefits to low-income families to supplement their grocery budget so they can afford the nutritious food essential to health and well-being.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of people with low income by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.

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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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Child Care Assistance

The three types of regulated child care in Iowa are Licensed Centers, Child Development Homes, and Child Care Homes. All licensed providers are able to participate in a quality rating program to increase their program's quality and receive a quality score based on their training level.

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Children at Home - Iowa Family Support Network

Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN) is a statewide system that provides information and resources to expecting families or families with young children and professionals that serve them. You will find information that includes; family support services; group-based parent education programs; and prenatal services. Additional information on early intervention for infants and toddlers in Iowa is available.

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Autism Grants for Families

The following is a list of grants from national organizations that offer support to families with autistic loved ones. For questions, please contact the organization listed directly. Autism Speaks is not responsible for and does not administer or monitor the grants below.

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The Compassion Fund

Caring for a critically ill child is difficult - mentally, emotionally, and financially. The Compassion Fund allows front line social workers to identify needs and distribute funds immediately, providing much needed relief for families.

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Able Up Iowa

Able Up Iowa helps people of all abilities become independent by providing solutions to financial needs and empowering them to achieve their financial goals.

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