SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education)
SNAP-Ed is a federal/state partnership that supports nutrition education for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The goal of the SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that SNAP participants and those who are eligible will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the My Plate program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of SNAP-Ed?
The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP (formerly Food Stamp Program) will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid-Food Resources Management/Grocery shopping is the key.
Q: Who is the SNAP-Ed audience in Davidson County?
SNAP-Ed will gear its’ programming toward persons who are eligible or a currently receiving SNAP benefits. This also includes WIC recipients.
Q: What subjects are being taught through SNAP-Ed?
According to the Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP focuses its effort on the following behavioral outcomes:
- Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products every day.
- Be physically active everyday as part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Balance caloric intake from food and beverages with calories expended.
Examples of programs or lesson topics are as follows:
- My Plate/ My Pyramid
- Dietary Guidelines
- Meal Planning/ Budgeting
- Reading Nutrition Labels
- Healthy Cooking Preparation
- Food Safety
- Physical Activity
Q: What is the difference between EFNEP and SNAP-Ed?
Educators in SNAP-Ed teach nutrition education to food benefit recipients, persons that are eligible and seniors. EFNEP’s main target is to teach nutrition education to low-income audience with emphasis on families with young children (age 19 or younger).
Q: How do I know if my location/organization is eligible for SNAP-Ed services?
If 50% or more of those attending the class or activity meet the guidelines of the target audience, the time involved can be reported for SNAP-Ed. Also, people living in a zip code where 50% or more of the population is at 185% of poverty or below can be counted toward an eligible SNAP-Ed audience. Children attending a school where 50% or more of the students are on free or reduced lunch qualifies a school or after-school program for SNAP-Ed.