Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
Ohio SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education program serving low-income adults and youth throughout Ohio, is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio State University Extension. Our goal is to improve the likelihood that families and individuals who receive food assistance benefits (SNAP benefits) make healthy food choices and choose active lifestyles.
How is SNAP-Ed designed and delivered?
SNAP-Ed programming focuses on (1) Diet Quality including promotion of Physical Activity, (2) Food Safety, and (3) Food Resource Management. The dissemination of nutrition education is mainly achieved by classes which are scheduled throughout Ohio and in 69 counties. The format of the classes varies from a single session to a series of sessions. In addition, those who receive food assistance benefits may learn about SNAP-Ed and nutrition from newsletters and fact sheets, basic food and nutrition demonstrations at local health fairs and community events and radio or television public service announcements. The delivery of educational programs at the county level is done by the SNAP-Ed Program Assistant who is assisted and supervised by the Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator. Programs may be at adult education and job training sites, adult rehabilitation centers, churches and faith based locations, community centers, elderly service sites, emergency food assistance sites, OSU Extension offices, famers markets, Supplemental Nutrition/Food Program offices, Head Start Program sites, homes, libraries, Community Health Centers, Public Housing, Schools, Shelters, WIC, and worksites.
What do participants learn?
This is an equal opportunity program. We recruit participants at locations where they live, work and do business. We use flyers, public service announcements, and agency workers to tell people about SNAP-Ed and about SNAP-Ed programs. Participants in the Food Assistance Benefits Program learn about SNAP-Ed from the social workers at the county’s Department of Job and Family Services. Other low-income people learn about SNAP-Ed from other agencies and organizations who partner with OSU Extension for nutrition education programs. The success of SNAP-Ed is linked to the partnership with local agencies and organizations whose outreach includes low income people.
Participants learn to select fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and low-fat dairy products for a healthy diet; to use limited resources to plan, purchase and prepare food for the family; to be physically active every day; and to store and handle food so it is safe to eat.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.