The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is the educational component of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.
What SNAP-Ed Does
SNAP-Ed is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthier lives. SNAP-Ed teaches low-income families or individuals — particularly those using or eligible for SNAP — about good nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.
Download the full infographic: SNAP-Ed Works: 2016 University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Results (1.5 MB PDF)
In Minnesota, SNAP-Ed is administered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity. There are eight implementing agencies that deliver SNAP-Ed in Minnesota: the University of Minnesota Extension (as described below) and the seven Anishinaabe Tribes (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and White Earth).
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.
How SNAP-Ed Works at the University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) team helps low-income individuals and families make diet and lifestyle choices to improve their health and prevent obesity. Our education provides Minnesota families with tools and strategies to help counter the effects of food insecurity, poverty, and obesity. The SNAP-Ed team does this by:
- Partnering with organizations to reach individuals and families in their communities.
- Teaching participants how to shop for healthy foods, within a limited budget, at area stores and farmers markets.
- Demonstrating quick, easy, fun ways to prepare healthful, delicious meals.
- Helping communities create and sustain environments that support people in their efforts to eat healthier foods and become more physically active.
- Providing training to community partners on changing practices and systems to create a healthier environment.
We deliver our education:
- To individuals and families, from elementary-school students to older adults, who are eligible for SNAP benefits or other federal assistance programs, or meet our program income guidelines.
- In a variety of community settings, such as food shelves, schools, community centers, and public housing sites.
- Free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines.
- In English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and Oromo, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
- In every county in Minnesota.
To see SNAP-Ed in action, watch the two and a half minute video below featuring Andrew Doherty, a SNAP-Ed educator and registered dietitian nutritionist:
How Your Agency Can Partner With Us
By partnering together, we can shape the environment so families and individuals gain access to healthy food and tools for making lasting changes. Together, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice for people across Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed team can partner with your agency on educational offerings, or on a project for changing practices and systems to create an environment conducive to healthier living.
For a summary of some of our partnerships, see SNAP-Ed Community Partnership Funding.
More Information About SNAP-Ed at Extension
SNAP-Ed Works: 2016 University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Results (1.5 MB PDF) — Learn about the 2016 SNAP-Ed programming efforts in Minnesota.
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.
United States Department of Agriculture. (no date). Minnesota. SNAP-Ed Connection website.
United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. (no date). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).
Family Matters: SNAP-Ed — A collection of blog posts covering recent events, the difference between SNAP and SNAP-Ed, our expanded focus, and more.
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.
About Health and Nutrition — Learn more about our impact and the part you can play in improving the health of Minnesotans.