SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). It is the nutrition education and obesity prevention component of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Oregon SNAP-Ed supports this goal by providing evidence-based educational programming, using social marketing, and supporting or implementing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes that affect the food and activity environments where people live, learn, work and play. SNAP-Ed programming covers the lifespan.
OSU Extension contracts with Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to bring nutrition education to limited income Oregonians. OSU Extension faculty and staff deliver community based nutrition education to adults and youth in all 36 Oregon counties. Partnerships are a key component of Oregon SNAP-Ed.