7 U.S.C. § 2011 : US Code - Section 2011: Congressional declaration of policy

      It is declared to be the policy of Congress, in order to promote
    the general welfare, to safeguard the health and well-being of the
    Nation's population by raising levels of nutrition among low-income
    households. Congress finds that the limited food purchasing power
    of low-income households contributes to hunger and malnutrition
    among members of such households. Congress further finds that
    increased utilization of food in establishing and maintaining
    adequate national levels of nutrition will promote the distribution
    in a beneficial manner of the Nation's agricultural abundance and
    will strengthen the Nation's agricultural economy, as well as
    result in more orderly marketing and distribution of foods. To
    alleviate such hunger and malnutrition, a supplemental nutrition
    assistance program is herein authorized which will permit low-
    income households to obtain a more nutritious diet through normal
    channels of trade by increasing food purchasing power for all
    eligible households who apply for participation.