The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Nevada is to improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.
We work with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that people who receive SNAP benefits learn how to best use them to purchase foods that will provide the most nutritious choices and the greatest value. Nationally and in Nevada, SNAP-Ed programs have proven to be worth the investment. In Nevada, SNAP-Ed funds help support several of our educational programs designed to teach good nutrition and the importance of exercise to Nevada families.
SNAP-Ed uses science-based, behaviorally focused interventions and can maximize its national impact by concentrating on key outcomes which focus on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
As the cornerstone of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT) plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the nation, particularly among low-income individuals.
The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education is to improve the likelihood that EBT participants and applicants will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the My Plate Food Guide.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education is intended to:
- Assist food stamp households to adopt healthy eating and active lifestyles that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the My Plate Food Guide.
- Enhance practices related to thrifty shopping and preparation of nutritious foods by food stamp households.
- Insure that SNAP households have enough to eat without resorting to emergency food assistance and making sure people eligible for the EBT but not participating are made aware of its benefits and how to apply for them as part of nutrition education activity.
- Improve SNAP households’ safe handling, preparation, and storage of food.
Four core elements outline the topical areas of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education:
- Dietary Quality
- Food Resource Management/Shopping Behaviors
- Food Security
- Food Safety