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OSUE SNAP-Ed Receives $55,000 Grant from Walmart State Giving Program

Aug. 4, 2016

Carol Chandler, Nichole Brandenburg and Liz Smith

OSUE SNAP-Ed Receives $55,000 Grant from Walmart State Giving Program

Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences’ SNAP-Ed program has received a $55,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to provide meals and groceries for two, six-week Cooking Matters courses in 20 Ohio counties.

The funds will allow the SNAP-Ed Cooking Matters team to provide lesson plan meals and groceries during two, six-week Cooking Matters courses at 20 select Ohio counties. Specifically, it will provide 440 SNAP eligible adults and parents with hands-on healthful cooking and nutrition education.

Program Coordinator Nichole Brandenburg said these funds would be used for purchasing:

  • Food for class preparation stations
  • Participant take home weekly groceries
  • $10 gift cards for grocery store shopping challenge
  • Cooking tools and insulated travel bags

The project is a partnership with the national nonprofit Share Our Strength to implement its Cooking Matters curriculum into Ohio SNAP-Ed programming. These courses will empower families with the knowledge and skills to shop for, and cook healthy meals on a limited budget thereby decreasing food insecurity, obesity, and diet-related disease.

“Cooking Matters is a great addition to the SNAP-Ed program as it gives participants hands-on meal preparation experience by cooking in a classroom setting and providing the ingredients to replicate the meals at home for their families,” said Ana Claudia Zubieta, Family and Consumer Sciences SNAP-Ed director.

The mission of Ohio’s SNAP-Ed program is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP benefits in Ohio will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA food guidance. Currently, Ohio SNAP-Ed serves 74 counties throughout the state.

“Addressing hunger is a high priority for us,” said Pat Bebo, interim assistant director and director of community nutrition for Family and Consumer Sciences. “This grant will help us make a difference in the lives of SNAP eligible participants by educating them to buy smart and adopt healthy lifestyles.”

Grant authors are Nichole Brandenburg, SNAP-Ed program coordinator; Carol Chandler, SNAP-Ed program specialist; Liz Smith, SNAP-Ed program specialist; Aaron Conley, associate director of development, The Ohio State University Foundation.

To learn more about the OSUE SNAP-Ed program, visit

About the Walmart State Giving Program

Every year, the Walmart State Giving program looks for organizations that address the needs of communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart's core areas of giving: fighting hunger and healthy eating, workforce development, disaster preparedness, and other needs specific to many Ohio communities. For more information about the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program, visit