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Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE)

Ashley McLaughlin is the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) Project Leader and Educator for the Mid-Shore which covers Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties.

Ashley started with FSNE in 2015 and provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food and behavior choices. FSNE also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families to expand the reach of the program. The Goals and Objectives for Maryland’s SNAP Education program are based off of Key Behavioral Outcomes identified by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and align with multiple levels of the Social Ecological Model to incorporate Policy, Systems and Environmental change.

The Primary Goals of Maryland’s FSNE programs are: 

  • Increase Fruit and Vegetable consumption
  • Use MyPlate to make food choices
  • Increase time spent in physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors
  • Stretch food dollars through smart shopping strategies.

 Food Supplement Nutrition Education has 5 core initiatives:

Currently, Ashley is teaching and training in-school and after school staff on: Read for Health & Edible ABC’s, Growing Healthy Habits, Teen Cuisine, Market to Mealtime & M2M Kids, 1-2-3 Feed Me, Cooking Matters at the Store, Healthy Cents, Nutrition to Go, and Champions for Healthy Kids. The Midshore FSNE program is also participating in Smarter Lunchrooms trainings, funding School Garden programs, paying local farmers to speak with schools, Maryland’s Home Grown School Lunch week events, and School Wellness committees. The Midshore FSNE program continues to expand each year. See our teacher toolkit, FSNE Outcome Reports and website eatsmart.umd.edu to learn more!

If you wish to see if your school or program is eligible for this free nutrition education program, email Ashley at amclaug4@umd.edu

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