SNAP-Ed guides that recipients can use to eat better and save money:
- 20 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store
- MiPlato (Spanish)
- My Plate
- Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals
- Vegetables: How Much Do I Need
- What is on a Nutrition Label
What is the SNAP-Ed Program?
While the legislation begs for re-definition the USDA Food Nutrition Service attempts to tackle this loophole through consumer education. In Virginia they do it by funding the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech and Virginia Department of Social Services to implement the SNAP-Ed (SNAP-Education) effort to educate SNAP recipients about how to use SNAP benefits to eat healthy, balanced whole food diets.
SNAP-Ed resources teach SNAP recipients how to make tasty, healthy foods at a low cost. SNAP-Ed offers free classes and programs to youth, elderly and families through the Eat Smart, Move More campaign aimed at eating better with a limited budget by offering free classes and programs. Classes are offered on DVD, Video cassette or internet, in group classes (Cooking Matters)for groups or an individual can receive One-on-One cooking classes in your home with an educator; coupled with family nutrition programs like 4-H School Nutrition Education, the Neighborhood Super Pantry Program and support for Community Gardens, SNAP-Ed focuses on three main behavioral outcomes; 1) eat more fruits and vegetables, 2) maintenance of an appropriate caloric balance and 3) an increase physical activity.
Keep your eye out for a new webpage from Virginia SNAP-Ed that is due to launch soon. We will let you know when that comes out.