The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth. It is funded by the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP-Ed operates in 52 states and territories, and its focus audience is individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).
SNAP-Ed facilitates voluntary adoption of healthy food and physical activity choices and other good nutrition-related behaviors. In Ohio, SNAP-Ed has developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension.
More about SNAP Ed in Fairfield County
- Nearly 11,128 participants were reached through direct nutrition programs in 2019.
- 585 direct nurtrition were delievered by Fairfield County’s SNAP-Ed program in 2019.
- 56,092 additional participants were reached through indirect programs such as community events, newsletters and health fairs.
- 90% of participants are drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.
- 88% of participants are using Nutrition Facts labels to guide food choices.
- 73% of adult participants reported using MyPlate to make healthy food choices.
- 83% of adults and/or teens reported planning meals ahead of time.
In Fairfield County, our SNAP Ed program assistants partner with the many organizations to bring nutrition education and food shopping information to limited resource audiences. If you are an agency where the majority of clientele are receiving or eligible to receive SNAP benefits or your school has 50% or greater participation in the national free and reduced lunch program, please contact us to discuss program opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers, found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.