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Families are Getting Active Outdoors in VT

Jul 27, 2023

In Rutland County Vermont, more families are getting outside, connecting with nature, being physically active, and increasing their sense of mental well-being thanks to Vermont’s SNAP-Ed, Come Alive Outside (CAO) Passport Program. 

LSU AgCenter Supports PSE Changes in Louisiana

Jul 06, 2023

The small town of Crowville, Louisiana has one corner store, one restaurant, and one dollar store – but no grocery store. Thanks to a partnership between Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter SNAP-Ed and a group of passionate community leaders, the local dollar store now features fresh produce, healthy snacks, and healthy shopping resources from the LSU AgCenter’s Geaux Shop Healthy program. 

Food to Grow: Growing a Healthy Future in Hawaii

Apr 18, 2023

More and more people in Hawaii are growing food at home! The University of Hawaii (UH) SNAP-Ed’s Food to Grow (FTG) program is helping. We partner with community agencies to distribute vegetable seedlings, growing instructions, and other resources to community members.

Bike Rodeos Across Alabama Encourage Safe, Fun, Lifelong Physical Activity

Nov 02, 2022

Opportunities for youth and adults to be physically active are always in demand.  Three SNAP-Ed educators in Alabama made it their missions to provide an outlet for physical activity that was healthy, safe, and fun! With donated bikes, obstacle courses, and plenty of water to keep everybody hydrated, these educators hosted bike rodeos in their communities.

Creative Health Solutions for a Louisiana Community Center

Sep 01, 2022

The Washington Parish LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed program partnered with a community center in Bogalusa, LA to encourage year-round physical activity and respond to an urgent need for safe drinking water.  They did this by creating hydration stations and providing portable, indoor physical activity mats.

Healthy Kids New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health

A project of the New Mexico Department of Health and state and local partners, Healthy Kids New Mexico creates healthy environments and programs to give kids what they need to play well, eat well,

Nebraska Community Gardens Increase Nutrition Security Through Access to Local Produce and Nutrition Education 

Jun 17, 2022

Growing Together Nebraska (GTN) is a community garden project that increases food security and promotes healthy food access for families and individuals. This project engages active Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers (EMGV), local community organizations, and volunteers to build and manage gardens to improve access to affordable, nutritious, and safe foods.

Partnering to Promote Food Security - Virginia Fresh Match

Jun 17, 2022

Across Virginia, SNAP-Ed helps promote SNAP match programs at SNAP-accepting farmers markets. To do this, Virginia SNAP-Ed formed a partnership with Virginia Fresh Match and the Virginia Farmers Market Association. These collaborations contributed to increased sales and SNAP redemption at farmers markets. 

Hydrate My State Water Consumption Campaign

2021 Georgia Department of Human Services/Georgia Division of Family & Children Services

The Hydrate My State water consumption campaign was developed and implemented as a call to action to increase water consumption among SNAP-Ed eligible populations in Georgia.

SNAP-Ed Supports the Double Up Food Bucks Debut in Cowley County

Apr 22, 2022

Families visiting the Ark City Farm and Art Market and Walnut Valley Farmers Market can now bring home more healthy food! The Cowley Farmers Market Association (CFMA) launched the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in 2021 thanks to the leadership of the Family Consumer Science and SNAP-Ed Agent, Becky Reid and Nutrition Educator, Ruth Bumgarter! SNAP recipient users can double their benefits up to $25 per market visit in extra tokens to be used only for locally grown fruits and vegetables.

St. Anselm’s Food Pantry Partnership Fills the Need for Healthy Food Access and Nutrition Security

Apr 21, 2022

St. Anselm’s Food Pantry is now able to serve more people with extended hours and more nutritious foods. Through coordination with partners, they installed refrigeration equipment, maintained a safe setting during the COVID 19 pandemic, and provided resources and signage so clients feel comfortable visiting the Pantry. Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), CalFresh Healthy Living staff provided recipes and nutrition education. The Pantry clients are now able to prepare healthy meals with the food they receive. Clients can also obtain additional food for their families thanks to referrals to food assistance programs.

Community in Action: Walk Fairview Day

Feb 15, 2022

Walking around the neighborhood is a great way to add physical activity to your day and improve your health. But what if there are barriers in your environment to physical activity? A group of youth from the Fairview Community in Hillsborough, North Carolina identified these barriers.

Thumbs Up for Healthy Choices in Food Pantries (Thumbs Up)

2018 SNAP-Ed. Utah State University Extension.

Thumbs Up for Healthy Choices in Food Pantries (Thumbs Up) is a policy, systems, and environment (PSE) change intervention designed to improve the visibility and appeal of healthy choices for pantr

Senior Center Needs Assessment Toolkit

2020 University of Pennsylvania, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

The Senior Center Needs Assessment Toolkit is a policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change intervention designed to allow SNAP-Ed partners and senior centers to assess the readiness of a

PLACES Project

2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and CDC Foundation

The PLACES Project is an expansion of the original 500 Cities Project that began in 2015.

Learning the Alphabet through Edible ABC’s 

Mar 04, 2021

Preschools and other early learning centers are critical settings for obesity prevention efforts. The preschool years are an important time when young children are learning to develop healthy habits. In FY19, Maryland SNAP-Ed partnered with over 213 early education sites and reached 9,561 preschool-aged kids through face-to-face education and multi-level interventions.

A Walking School Bus? Why Not!!

Jan 11, 2021

Madera County Department of Public Health is a grantee for the Cal Fresh Healthy Living Program, a SNAP-Ed Implementing Agency.  During the 2019-2020 school year, they worked with George Washington Elementary School to pilot a Walking School Bus Program (WSB). This was done to keep students safe while walking to school. Many students walk through wide, uncontrolled crossings where there are no sidewalks on the road.

The Palms Inn Garden: Sowing Seeds, Harvesting Hope

Jan 10, 2021

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa has supported garden revitalization efforts at a local housing site, providing residents with hope and purpose in addition to the fresh grown produce. The garden has already transformed the lives of several residents, and it is only getting started.

Let's Ride! Let’s Eat Healthy! Let’s Have Fun!

Jul 27, 2020

Kids in Jefferson Parish Louisiana are riding their bikes and eating more veggies! Not only did this group of 4th and 5th grade students at Washington STEM Elementary School (WES) learn how to safely ride a bicycle, change and repair a tire tube and read a map, they had fun doing it! The students were proud of their accomplishments, with their teachers and coaches encouraging them, and they learned the importance of physical activity.

Indoor Playground Gets Kids Moving

May 27, 2020

Imagine a school day where children cannot go outside to the playground because of the weather. Now, imagine a school with an indoor playground! In 2019, LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed and the Ouachita Parish Healthy Communities Coalition created an indoor playground at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Wisconsin Youth Tackle Community Health Challenges through SNAP-Ed Partnership

Aug 01, 2019

Wisconsin youth are tackling health challenges in their communities head-on with a program called Youth Advocates for Community Health (YACH). Partnerships between youth and adults are central to this program. It is organized by educators from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension SNAP-Ed. Engaged youth also play a big role in leading projects. 

Gardening Takes Root in Maine Schools: Kingfield Elementary Kids Grow and Eat their Own Produce in Outdoor Classroom

Jul 26, 2019

From 2015 until 2018, Maine SNAP-Ed and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County teamed up with the local Master Gardener program and Kingfield Elementary School. They worked together to expand their school garden. Kingsfield is a SNAP-Ed eligible, rural school. Together, they developed a 6-8-week after-school program called Growing Gardeners. 

Healthy Corner Stores

2016 US Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Service.

This Healthy Corner Stores Guide is part of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s ongoing efforts to help SNAP recipients make healthy food choices.

Nutrition Supports for Health Clinics Toolkit: 2nd Edition

2022 University of South Carolina School of Public Health Implementing Agency

This is a 2nd edition toolkit of healthy eating policy, systems, and environmental change strategies encouraged by the national SNAP-Ed program for obesity prevention and addressing food insecurity

Meeting Policy: Latino Chain Dedicated to Employee Health 

Dec 10, 2018

The Northgate Gonzalez Markets supermarket chain has done a lot to create a healthy environment in their stores. Northgate is a Latin-focused chain of stores that has served the community for more than 30 years. They have worked with local public health groups since 2015 and have done many projects to promote health.

Stepping It Up

Nov 15, 2018

In Tuolumne County, the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Central Sierra region helped start the "Tuolumne County: Step It Up" campaign across the school district.

West Virginia Kids Coupons Program

Oct 26, 2018

The Kids Coupon program gives low income children of all ages $4 in farmers market tokens. These tokens are used to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables from a market. The produce is brought to their childcare center, school or community. Children and families participate in nutrition education and food sampling.

SC Plants the Seed

Oct 15, 2018

SC Plants the Seed brings together nutrition education, increasing access to fresh produce, USDA Summer Food Service Program, and literacy.

Vetri Community Partnership: Eatiquette 360

Oct 15, 2018

Eatiquette 360 educates students and supports healthy lifestyles for families in Philadelphia school communities. Nationally, students receive an average of 3.4 hours of nutrition education per year. Vetri Community Partnership's Eatiquette 360 program wants to change that in Philadelphia, PA. The Partnership works with local schools in areas where most people are eligible to receive SNAP.  

Increasing Access to Fresh Produce within the SC SNAP-Ed Program through the FoodShare SC Model

Aug 17, 2018

The vision of FoodShare SC is to ensure access to fresh produce for all in South Carolina.  In April 2016, the program launched in Columbia, SC.  Twenty-four community members purchased a bulk box of fresh fruits and vegetables from a city parks and recreation community center.  The program has since expanded to 400 boxes purchased during pick-up days, on a regular basis.

Creating a Culture of Wellness in Preschools

Apr 27, 2018

Since 2012, the Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) has worked to prevent early childhood obesity in Colorado. The program has reached over 22,000 children and their families in 140 low-income preschools across 12 counties in Colorado.

Promotora: A Walking Group for Seniors

Mar 29, 2018

At St. Margaret’s Center we implement nutrition education and Policy, Systems and Environmental Change (PSE) work. Our PSE work reinforces healthy behaviors among the public. Our PSE work helps people improve their lives and includes...

Farmers' Market Fresh

Mar 29, 2018

Farmers’ Market Fresh (FMF) is a social marketing campaign for limited-resource consumers at farmers’ markets. The primary goal of this program is to promote fruit and vegetable consumption through farmers’ markets that accept SNAP EBT.

Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

2017 The Rural Health Information Hub.

The Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit is made up of eight modules to help pinpoint factors in your community that promote obesity, convene partners to help address those problems, and apply proven o

Parents for Healthy Schools

2015 DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Set of resources to help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school

Iowa Farm to School Toolkit

2015 National Center for Appropriate Technology and FoodCorps Iowa.

This online toolkit discusses the various components associated with beginning and sustaining Farm to School programs or related activities.

Cooking with Kids

Feb 02, 2018

When kids help make healthy foods, they are excited to try them! Cooking with Kids teaches public school children about the joys of healthy cooking and eating and where their food comes from.

Green Island Gardens

Jan 29, 2018

Youth worked in a community garden and planter program, called the Green Island Gardens (GIG) project. It was a summer job program through Pernet. The goal was to beautify the retail and residential areas in Worchester. Pernet adopted a state-owned island for this project. They committed to maintain the grounds, and grow fresh produce, herbs, and flowers.

School Health Check

Jan 18, 2018

The Center for Nutrition in Schools at UC Davis, in collaboration with UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, developed the “School Health Check” or “SHC²” questionnaire for Shaping Healthy Choices Program (SHCP). SHCP is a nutrition education program that provides a framework...

Cafeteria Promotions Enhance Farm to School Efforts

Jan 18, 2018

School food service directors in the California Bay Area have been working with wholesalers and farmers to include more local or regional produce in school meals. These directors often face tight budgets and purchasing challenges. Students, particularly low-income students, are often unfamiliar with locally grown foods. Promotional efforts are needed to introduce the new items to students and reduce food waste.

UC CalFresh Fresno Helps Transform Challenge into Change

Jan 11, 2018

Poverty combined with high unemployment rates can be a recipe for disaster. Entire families become engulfed in crisis. Rescue the Children (Rescue) is a ministry of the Fresno Rescue Mission. The Mission is a nonprofit that changes lives lost to drug or alcohol addiction. The Mission assists homeless families and women who have been released from prison. Rescue provides an in-house rehabilitation and transition program.

Sustainable School Teaching Garden

Oct 18, 2017

The goal of this project was to engage students and teachers to utilize the garden for more than just learning about flowers by bringing the classroom outdoors to teach subjects like math and science. The garden is used throughout the school day, after school, and during the summer months by a team of enthusiastic teachers and students.

Sustainable Youth Garden for Penobscot Nation

Oct 18, 2017

“This program is a way to bring together children, families, and the community.”—Shaunda Neptune, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator. In 2016, Maine SNAP-Ed and the River Coalition teamed up with the Penobscot Nation Youth Program to build a community garden.

Eat the Streets: Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables

Oct 18, 2017

The goal of this project was to help people gain access to healthy foods. Beans, cherry tomatoes, and herbs are just a few of the things residents will be able to pick while visiting the park. These planters will also help to maintain an active and attractive downtown.

Edible Main Street: Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables

Oct 17, 2017

The goal is to demonstrate how to grow vegetables and herbs with the hope of inspiring people to grow their own food. This project started with 12 planters and added 4 more in 2016. Each planter has an accompanying educational description and suggested culinary use for its contents.

Maine Harvest Bucks Promotion Project

Oct 17, 2017

Maine Harvest Bucks are nutrition incentives (funded through the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program) that allow SNAP/EBT shoppers to receive bonus dollars towards the purchase of local fruits and vegetables for every SNAP dollar spent.

Kids Club at Rockland Farmers' Market

Oct 17, 2017

Maine SNAP-Ed teamed up with the market manager and local businesses to offer Kids Club, an interactive summer nutrition education program for youth. In 2016, 72 children participated in Kids Club, with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables and encouraging interaction with local farmers—creating lifelong farmers’ market customers in Knox County.

Gleaning from Farms to the Communities

Oct 17, 2017

**An updated story on this program is available.** Nutrition Educators in Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties partnered with their local food security organizations to distribute gleaned produce to high-need sites throughout the Midcoast. At one low-income housing site, Bath Housing, an estimated 150 individuals received nearly 1,000 pounds of free, fresh, local produce in the summer of 2016.

Sustainable Garden for Low-Income Seniors

Oct 17, 2017

In 2017, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators are helping to establish 10 community gardens across the state, including these raised beds. The educator collaborated with the housing site staff and the residents to prepare a garden site, and through local donations, eight raised garden beds were built and seedlings were planted

Children’s Farmers Market Brings Fresh Produce to Kids

Aug 14, 2017

There are many families in San Luis Obispo County who lack adequate access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County (SLO Food Bank) set out to help. SLO Food Bank started the “Children’s Farmers Market Program”. This program gives locally grown donated produce to children from low-income families.

High School Mini Farm Stand Project

Aug 04, 2017

Thomas Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles has Health Academy Mini Farm Stands thanks to a great idea from the students. Lots of kids miss Breakfast in the Classroom. Now, teachers encourage hungry kids to choose a healthy snack from the Health Academy Mini Farm Stand basket.

Chickasaw Nation SNAP-Ed Coordinated Programming and Evaluation

Aug 04, 2017

The Eagle Adventure program was developed through a collaboration between the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services SNAP-Ed Program and the Oklahoma State University in Indian Country for youth and their families after extensive formative research indicated type 2 diabetes as a major concern among parents and elders. The team used the socioecological model (SEM) as the framework for development of the program and evaluation processes.

School Garden at James Elementary School

Jul 26, 2017

Elementary school students in Portales, NM are learning to eat their vegetables and how to grow them. Two programs designed to introduce children to healthy practices have combined to create a garden at James Elementary School.

Multilevel SNAP-Ed Programming in Maryland

Jul 14, 2017

Maryland SNAP-Ed teaches youth in schools how to eat healthy and be physically active. Maryland SNAP-Ed is also referred to as the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) Program. The program delivers school-based programming to youth, parents/caregivers, and teachers.

Eat Smart New York

May 08, 2017

In Eat Smart New York, a Community & School Garden Specialist provides support to identified gardens in schools and communities in high-needs counties and towns.

Buy Eat Live Better

May 05, 2017

Buy Eat Live Better: Teaches SNAP-Ed eligible youth and adults in the locations that they eat, live, learn, work, play, and shop. Collaborates with community and statewide partners to leverage resources and increase program reach to eligible audiences. Empowers organizations and individuals to create changes in policies, systems, and environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Montanans.

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

Jan 10, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement conducts research in thousands of schools across the country in order to identify the best ways to nudge students to select and consume the healthiest food in the lunchroom.

Heart Smarts

May 13, 2016

Three years ago, Troy used to go his local corner store to grab a soda and a bag of chips. Today, when he visits that same corner store in North Philadelphia he chooses an orange and a bottle of water.

Healthy Food Pantry Initiative

May 08, 2016

The goal of the Healthy Food Pantry Initiative is to work with food pantries and the community, to encourage the availability of healthier options and to make the healthier choices the easier choices in food pantries.

Durham's Innovative Nutrition Education (DINE)

Mar 03, 2016

In schools, DINE is a curriculum series that includes lessons, activities, healthy food tastings, and cooking demonstrations/classes. Nutritionists encourage Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE)s and collaborate with school gardens.

The Food Security Project

Mar 26, 2015

The Food Security Project takes a multifaceted approach to improving local food access for low-income individuals and families in Virginia. While the program includes a direct education approach, environmental initiatives are an important aspect of the program.

Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program

Jan 09, 2014

The Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program is designed to improve fruit and vegetable and low-fat dairy consumption among elementary school children in schools with at least 50 percent participation in free- and reduced-price lunch. The program delivers classroom-based nutrition and physical activity education supported by social marketing strategies.

Food Hero Social Marketing Campaign

Mar 29, 2013

Food Hero is a research based Spanish and English language multi-channel social marketing campaign developed by Oregon State University Extension and designed to inconspicuously increase consumption of vegetables and fruits within the targeted audience of SNAP-eligible Oregon moms in an empowering way.