In 1988, thousands of Utahns received over $122 million in federal food assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service.

The food stamp program assisted more than 90,000 Utahns with $54.9 million in food stamp benefits. The service provided $21.2 million in subsidies for school lunch programs and $48,000 for milk programs. In addition, 10.8 million meals and snacks were served in 118 child-care centers and 1,187 family day care homes in Utah, at a cost of over $6.7 million. Utah also received $50,000 for nutrition education and training programs.The Health Department administers the supplemental food program for Women, Infants and Children (called WIC), and spent $17.6 million on the 8,556 women, 7,924 infants and and 20,023 children who typically participate in the program each month.

Finally, Utah received $5.6 million for food distribution programs, including over 4 million pounds of commodities valued at more than $3.2 million.