SNAP-Ed Program Overview
SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) Nutrition Education Goal
To provide educational programs that increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood of all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients making healthy food choices consistent with the most recent dietary advice reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate.
Five core elements form the basic range of educational categories in SNAP Nutrition Education:
For additional information on the program, visit the SNAP-Ed Connection.
SNAP Nutrition Audience
SNAP-Ed target audience includes SNAP recipients and applicants (people with gross incomes at or below 130% of poverty level). With an approved waiver on a project basis, other low-income people could benefit from the SNAP-Ed program as long as it is targeted generally to SNAP participants and applicants. Also, at least 50% of a project target audience has a household income at or below 185% of poverty level. The other 50% of the audience can be persons of any income levels. “Incarcerated persons” are NOT a SNAP-Ed audience.
Subject Matter – SNAP-Ed Nutrition Interventions: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the foundation for nutrition education in all FNS nutrition-assistance programs. SNAP-Ed audiences have access to educational lessons and materials on the following topics: nutrition, diet and health, food buying, budgeting, food safety and gardening. SNAP-Ed nutrition education activities focus on the following core elements:
SNAP-Ed Target Audiences:
LSU AgCenter area nutrition agents and trained nutrition educators provide services in each region of the state. Find the area nutrition agent or nutrition educator through our SNAP-Ed Directory (coming soon!) While we are building our directory please feel free to call the SNAP-Ed Program Leader, Dr. Denise Holston-West for the name of the contact in your area at 225-578-4573 or email Dholston@agcenter.lsu.edu