The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a nutrition and physical activity education grant program for people who receive, or are eligible to receive, SNAP benefits. Throughout Washington State, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is also referred to as Basic Foods or Food Stamps.
Current and Potential Contractors
SNAP-Ed’s goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles.
SNAP-Ed’s target audience is SNAP participants, and low-income individuals eligible to receive SNAP or other means-tested Federal assistance program benefits, and individuals residing in communities with a significant low-income population.
Funding for SNAP-Ed is distributed from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to two implementing agencies, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Washington State University (WSU) Extension Food Sense Program.
Washington State Department of Health SNAP-Ed contracts with organizations throughout the state to provide local programming. Contractors can include local health departments, non-profit agencies, food banks, tribes, hospitals, clinics, and universities. Learn more on how to apply to be a SNAP-Ed contractor.
All SNAP-Ed programming includes:
- Nutrition and physical activity education for youth and/or adults.
- Policy, Systems, and Environmental strategies where people eat, shop, live, work, learn, and/or worship to encourage the healthy choice to be the easy choice.
- Partnerships with other national, State, and local initiatives to further the reach and impact of SNAP-Ed activities.
- Evaluation for effective program management, efficiency, and accountability.
Additional SNAP-Ed support can be found in the Contractor Toolkit and the USDA FFY16 Suplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Guidance (PDF).