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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.

http://mn.gov/governor/images/supplemental_nutrition_assistance_program_education__outreach_month_2015.pdf
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.

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