The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth. It is funded by the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP-Ed operates in 52 states and territories, and its focus audience is individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).

SNAP-Ed facilitates voluntary adoption of healthy food and physical activity choices and other good nutrition-related behaviors. In Ohio, SNAP-Ed has developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension.  This program is designed to introduce people to new fruits and vegetables through workshops, classes, and community gardens, teach families how to buy and prepare healthier food, and help low-income families stretch tight budgets to buy healthier options.  

Involvement in the SNAP-Ed program provides residents, clients, or organizations with vital information to improve their own health and wellbeing as well as their family and community. Improved health leads to better attendance at school and work, decreased healthcare costs, and overall improved quality of life. 
 

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The SNAP-Ed program is completed as a series of lessons or sessions. Each session provides evidence based nutrition education in alignment with the USDA MyPlate guidelines. They are designed to meet specific population’s nutritional needs and learning abilities. For the best learning experience the series aims to be more than 3 lessons and last approximately 45-60 minutes for adults, and 30-45 minutes for youth. All materials, take home items, food samples, and education is provided to each participant for free by the SNAP-Ed program. Lesson topics encompass the MyPlate components of: introducing MyPlate, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, dairy, and food shopping. These lessons can include themes such as stretching family food dollars, choosing and cooking lean meats for health, planning meals at home, and cooking nutritious meals for one.
 
We are excited to share this great programming and collaborate with you and your organization. 
 
For more information about SNAP-Ed in Cuyahoga County or to schedule for your group, please contact our office at 216.429.8200.
 
Learn more about SNAP-Ed by visiting http://fcs.osu.edu/nutrition/fnp and http://snap.nal.usda.gov.

 

USDA-FNS Statement:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers, found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.