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Friday, January 23, 2015

Who Provides SNAP-Ed in Minnesota Besides Extension?

In last week’s blog post, I talked about the differences between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed). SNAP-Ed helps people with limited financial resources make healthy food choices and become more physically active. This week I want to introduce Extension’s partner in administering SNAP-Ed in Minnesota — the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe provides SNAP-Ed on six reservations: Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth. The mission of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe SNAP-Ed program is to provide a circle of quality services to elders, families and children within the tribal community by promoting wellness and healthy active lifestyles through education, advocacy, and training emphasizing culture.

Friday, January 16, 2015

SNAP and SNAP-Ed — What’s the Difference?

As we continue to celebrate SNAP Education and Outreach Month, here are a few things you might not know about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed).
  • SNAP benefits help Minnesotans with limited financial resources buy food for well-balanced meals, while SNAP-Ed helps these same people make healthy food choices and become more physically active.
  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers SNAP, with case management done by county human services offices. University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe administer the SNAP-Ed program, partnering with organizations throughout the state to provide classes on healthy eating and active living for groups. (In addition to direct education, Extension staff and educators also work with community agencies, coalitions, and policymakers — a topic we will explore in a future post.)
  • Both SNAP and SNAP-Ed are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through legislation commonly referred to as “the Farm Bill.”

Friday, January 9, 2015

January is SNAP Education and Outreach Month

Our New Year's resolution to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans just got a boost: Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed January Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Outreach Month.
SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes buy food for well-balanced meals. And SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) helps make the healthy choice the easy choice for those Minnesotans.

How SNAP-Ed Works

University of Minnesota Extension staff brings proven, effective solutions for healthful living that individuals, families, and organizations can use right away. The SNAP-Ed team works at many levels to empower individuals and families to make healthy food and physical activity choices by
  • Demonstrating quick, easy, fun ways to prepare great-tasting and healthful meals 
  • Strengthening local economies by teaching participants how to shop for healthy foods at area stores and farmers markets 
  • Building local capacity by growing farm to school programs 
  • Identifying active lifestyle choices for people of all ages where they live, work, and play 
  • Helping communities create and sustain environments that support and promote healthy choices 
We partner with schools, health care organizations, hunger relief organizations, public health agencies, agriculture, and other organizations to coordinate projects that make a difference in Minnesotans’ lives.

The goal is to help adults, school-aged youth, preschool-aged youth, and parents make the best food choices to feed their families and promote healthy lifestyles. This not only affects the people that are directly involved in SNAP-Ed, but also reflects positive changes for the community. Every dollar spent on nutrition education saves up to 10 dollars in long-term public health care costs.

Your Turn

Whether it’s reading more about SNAP-Ed on our website, or talking about SNAP-Ed with your friends, family, neighbors, and community members, we rely on our supporters to spread the word. Take action in whatever way works best for you!
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