Extension Nutrition Education Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed provides a variety of nutrition education programs and resources for adults and youth who receive or are eligible for SNAP benefits.  SNAP-Ed’s mission is to help SNAP participants make healthy food choices and choose active lifestyles within a limited budget.  Programs are planned annually with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), community agencies, and schools throughout the Commonwealth.  SNAP-Ed activities include nutrition education workshops; nutrition lessons and follow-up activities in schools; food demonstrations at farmers’ markets; interactive displays; a website and blog providing healthy recipes, shopping tips, and meal planning ideas; and a toll-free telephone tips line.  Print materials include various newsletters for teachers, parents, caregivers, and children as well as colorful posters promoting fresh fruits and vegetables.  SNAP-Ed programming is based out of our offices in Barnstable, Boston, Lawrence, Raynham, Springfield, and Worcester.

Youth

Nutrition education activities with youth participants promote healthy food choices and regular physical activity at in-school and out-of-school settings and often include parents, caretakers, and other family members. Project activities vary from site to site depending on local community needs and may include workshops, food demonstrations and tastings, displays, bulletin boards, and newsletters.

Adults

SNAP-Ed helps adult SNAP participants learn and develop skills to make healthy food choices and incorporate regular physical activity into their daily lives. Project activities vary from site to site depending on local community needs and may include workshops, food demonstrations, displays, bulletin boards, and newsletters.

For more information about program activities  in a specific area of the state, please visit the Office Locations section of our website to find a site near you.

For more information about FNP contact:
Lisa Sullivan-Werner, MS
UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program
Department of Nutrition
203 Chenoweth Lab
100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9282
(413) 545-1080
(413) 577-4320 (fax)
lwerner@umext.umass.edu