University of Maryland Extension

SNAP-Ed

Maryland Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) offers nutrition education programs to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and those eligible for SNAP.

SNAP-Ed programs are provided at no cost to support the work of community agencies serving SNAP-eligible individuals and families, such as local food banks, schools, out-of-school sites, farmers markets, community centers, and food assistance sites.

University of Maryland Extension‘s school-based SNAP-Ed programs reach students, teachers, and parents in low income communities including after-school sites, summer meal programs and public schools where 50% or more students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch.

The goal of the SNAP-Ed school-based programs is to integrate key nutrition messages into the school curriculum, policies, the lunchroom, and family shopping and meals.

Implementing a variety of curriculum, SNAP-Ed uses in-direct and direct education to empower individuals to make healthier choices, buy healthy food on a budget, develop food preparation skills, and increase physical activity.

SNAP-Ed program outcomes show positive results.  After SNAP-Ed training, 43% more farmers price their produce to match the dollar value of benefits checks or coupons.

For more information on SNAP-Ed programs, visit their main website, https://extension.umd.edu/fsne.

 

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