SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed)
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University of Minnesota Extension's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) makes the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans with limited financial resources. See the following options for getting involved with a SNAP-Ed program.
- Want to host a class? Use the map below to contact the regional coordinator in your area.
- Want to attend a class? Use the map below to contact the regional coordinator in your area. Classes are free for those who meet income guidelines.
- Want to know which organizations are subcontractors? Visit the SNAP-Ed Community Partnership Funding page.
- Want healthy eating and active living tools? Browse the Live Healthy, Live Well website.
- Want help shopping at the farmers markets on a budget? Visit the Farmers Markets page for tips and recipes.
Where to Find Us
To get contact information about the SNAP-Ed staff in your area, click on the county or region closest to you on the following map.
For the contact information of regional SNAP-Ed staff, click on one of the regions below:
- Northeast Regional Directory
- Northwest Regional Directory
- Southwest Regional Directory
- Southeast Regional Directory
- Central Regional Directory
What Our Participants Are Saying
Everyone can find something to like about SNAP-Ed. Here’s what some of our participants have to say.
“I thought it was going to be a chore but really enjoyed and learned a lot. Awesome!!"
— Young mother from St. Louis County, a self-described picky eater
"I've learned how to stretch my money for food. I've also learned how to cook quick and good tasting meals. I learned to eat some foods from each of the food groups...I know that it's better to eat food that is colorful and has variety from each group. I really enjoy these classes and had a lot of my questions answered."
— Isanti County mother
What Our Research Tells Us
2014 SNAP-Ed Impact Evaluation (566 K PDF) — This five-page community report summarizes the results of the 2013-2014 study that assessed the effect of SNAP-Ed programming on youth attitudes and behavior regarding healthy eating and physical activity. See a summary report from this study: SNAP-Ed Instruction Helps Kids Eat Healthier (299 K PDF).
2011 SNAP-Ed Implementation Evaluation (934 K PDF) — This six-page community report summarizes the 2011 study of health and nutrition education in low-income Minnesota communities.
More about Minnesota SNAP-Ed
SNAP-Ed: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice (5 MB PDF) — Use this brochure to tell others about the SNAP-Ed program at University of Minnesota Extension.
Health and Nutrition News: SNAP-Ed — A collection of blog posts covering the difference between SNAP and SNAP-Ed, our expanded focus, and more.
USDA Information Statements — Find out about USDA's anti-discrimination practices and how to file a complaint if necessary.
How to Get Nutrition Assistance
Combined Application Form (1.3 MB PDF) — Minnesota Department of Health — Use this form to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other cash assistance programs.
Minnesota Food HelpLine — Hunger Solutions Minnesota — Phone line and website that helps assess your situation and provide solutions to your family's food needs. Visit the website or call 1-888-711-1151.
Searchable Food Help Map — Hunger Solutions Minnesota — Find a food shelf, Meals on Wheels, Summer Food Service Program, food support office, or WIC program near you.
Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program — Minnesota Department of Health — Supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants and children. Find an office near you: English | español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Providing hands-on nutrition education to assist families with limited resources in the Twin Cities to make healthy food and physical activity choices.
Long-Term Benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Program — Executive Office of the President of the United States — This December 2015 report summarizes the long-term benefit of the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP).