The OSU Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a free education program for Franklin County residents who receive or are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (previously known as Food Stamps). The program also is available to schools and community sites that meet certain free and reduced lunch criteria. For example, our OSU Extension, Franklin County SNAP-Ed team has taught free programs for youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, Child Development Council of Franklin County Head Start, and Columbus City Schools and for adults through Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services and Lutheran Social Services... just to name a few!

SNAP-Ed works to provide participants with the tools and resources to improve their overall health and wellness and, in turn, improve their families’ wellbeing. Through a series of interactive lessons, the program seeks to introduce youth to new fruits and vegetables, teach families how to buy and prepare healthier food, and help low-income families learn how to manage their budgets to buy healthier food options.

SNAP-Ed is completed as a series of workshops or lessons, each providing evidence-based nutrition education in alignment with the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines. Typically, the program is structured to be at least three sessions lasting approx. 45 minutes per session, depending on the ages of participants. All materials, take-home resources, food samples, and in-person instruction is provided at no cost by the SNAP-Ed program.

Want to learn more about the program? Interested in hosting a SNAP-Ed series through your organization or school? Contact Danielle Seidita at seidita.2@osu.edu or 614-866-6900 ext. 223 for more information.

 


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