University of Maryland Extension

Maryland SNAP-Ed Program

Maryland SNAP-Ed is a collaborative community nutrition program, offering nutrition education to assist low-income individuals and families (those who qualify for SNAP/food stamps) in making healthy food choices, developing food preparation skills, handling food safely, improving shopping skills, and increasing physical activity. SNAP-Ed also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program.

Maryland SNAP-Ed offers programs for youth and adults, and many materials are available in both English and Spanish.

SNAP-Ed’s Five Initiative Areas

Maryland SNAP-Ed Program works with organizations in these five areas, striving to provide lasting nutrition and physical activity messages that positively affect the participants, their families, and the wider community.

  • Healthy School Communities – schools with at least 50% free and reduce meals (FARMS) rates
  • Healthy Changes for Out of School Youth  – afterschool sites serving a low-income population or within a school that has at least a 50% FARMS rate
  • Healthy Tots, Healthy Families – preschool and childcare centers serving a low-income population (e.g. Judy Centers, Head Start)
  • Securing Food Resources for Families – sites that provide food assistance for families and/or individuals (e.g. Department of Social Services, Community locations that provide food pantries/banks or food distribution)
  • Farm to Family – farmers markets, particularly those accepting SNAP (formerly food stamps), WIC, and fruit and vegetable checks

Visit the website at:

Teacher Toolkit

Kalyn Petrillo

Project Leader and Nutrition Educator


Maryland’s SNAP-Ed Program

University of Maryland Extension, St. Mary's County

26737 Radio Station Way, Suite E-2, Leonardtown, MD 20650

443.518.0333 (direct) / 301 475-4483 (fax)


Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2020. Web Accessibility

University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact your local University of Maryland Extension Office.