Success Stories

SNAP-Ed Success Stories

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California
Ready Set Swim!
Children's Farmers Market
High School Mini Farm Stands
EatFresh.org

Delaware
Kid Chef

Florida
Youth Understanding MyPlate

Georgia
Food eTalk

Hawaii
Nutrition Education for Wellness Program

Illinois
Illinois Junior Chefs

Iowa
Iowa Nutrition Network

Maine New!
- High Risk Patients in Androscoggin County Learn Nutrition Skills to Improve Their Health
- Creating a Sustainable Garden for Low-Income Seniors in Aroostook County
- Gleaning Fruits and Vegetables from Farms to the Communities of the Midcoast
- Kids Club at Rockland Farmers’ Market
- State-Level Partnership Spotlight: Maine Harvest Bucks Promotion Project
- Edible Main Street: Increasing Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables on Main Street in Norway, Maine
- Eat the Streets: Increasing Exposure to Fruits and Vegetables on Main Street in Westbrook
- Creating a Sustainable Youth Garden for Penobscot Nation
- Creating a Sustainable School Teaching Garden in Lewiston
- New Mainers Learn Strategies to Shop, Cook, and Eat Healthy in Their New Communities

Maryland
Multilevel SNAP-Ed Programming in Maryland Schools
Text2BHealthy

Michigan
PE-Nut
They Learn From Watching You

Montana
Buy Eat Live Better

North Carolina
DINE (Durham’s Innovative Nutrition Education)

New Mexico
School Garden at James Elementary School

New York
- Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings: Farm to Preschool
- Eat Smart New York Community and School Garden Project
- Go!Healthy Eat Smart Food Box Program
- At the Stop to Good Health
- Healthy Food Pantry Initiative and Nourish Your Neighbor Campaign
- CookShop

Oregon
Plan, Shop, Save, Cook for Homeless Youth and Families
Food Hero

Pennsylvania
4th Grade Vegetable Core

South Dakota
Pick It! Try It! Like It!

Texas
- Brighter Bites
- A Fresh Start to a Healthier You!
- "Good Food. Good Move." Text and Email Campaign
- IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge
- SNAP-Ed, Montgomery County Food Bank

Utah
Food $ense

Vermont
The Learning Kitchen

Virginia
Virginia Family Nutrition Program

Wyoming
Cent$ible Nutrition Program

Several states
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

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New York State Department of Health Child and Adult Care Food Program Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS): Farm to Preschool (F2P)

This post was submitted by Lisa Borden of the New York State Department of Health, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed.

EWPHCCS F2P was designed to improve access to and the cost of locally grown fresh produce. This helps address barriers related to poor nutrition and food insecurity.

small boy eating a snap pea at a farmers market table

Sales Models: Farmers accept EBT and WIC
As part of the initiative, F2P Coordinators are hired to work with participating child care centers. The childcare centers participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. F2P Coordinators help establish F2P sales models. The sales model helps farmers accept SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

Coordinators also urge farmers to accept WIC Vegetable & Fruit benefits, and other farmer’s market coupon programs. Other programs include the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) that target low-income families.

Education
F2P Coordinators also offer education and food demonstrations that engage parents and child care center staff. The education helps the parents and child care staff to work to increase the consumption of vegetables and fruits at home and in the child day care center.

children sitting outside in grass watching a nutrition educator

Gardening
To integrate EWPHCCS F2P into classrooms, F2P Coordinators provide each intervention child care center with a gardening toolkit and technical assistance for garden establishment.

a garden plot with a child holding a trowel

Program Success
For centers that participate in the program, more people eat 3 or more servings of vegetables daily.

Statistically significant differences were observed for the question “How many vegetables do you usually eat each day?” both outside of NYC (p=0.0004) and within NYC (p=0.0002). Specifically, more respondents reported eating 3 or more vegetables daily at follow-up than at baseline for both centers Outside NYC (29.3% vs. 19.3%) and centers within NYC (39.0% vs. 21.8%).

Type of Program
Direct nutrition education and policy, systems, and environmental change

small girl holding a bunch of carrots she harvested

Years of Implementation
2014-present

Number of Participants
12,150 potential direct, unduplicated reach

Target Audience
Preschool age children and their parents or caregivers

girl holding sunflowers at a market

Program Evaluation
At each participating center, a brief anonymous “Dot Survey” was conducted to capture information about fruit and vegetable purchasing behaviors of target families. Pre-surveys were administered 1-2 weeks prior to the implementation of the EWPHCCS F2P project in each respective market. Follow-up surveys were conducted mid-market season in August.

The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the NYS Department of Health.

For more information, please email CACFP@health.ny.gov.