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. (This page is also in Spanish: Mercado de agricultores.)
- Want to know about discounts you might be eligible for if you are receiving SNAP benefits? Find out about Special Discounts for Families on Economic Assistance. (This page is also in Spanish: Descuentos especiales para familias que reciben ayuda económica.)
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.
Family Matters: SNAP-Ed — A collection of blog posts covering recent events, 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.
SNAP-Ed Works: 2015 University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Results (1.2 MB PDF) — Learn about the 2015 SNAP-Ed programming efforts in Minnesota.
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).