's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education(SNAP Ed) offers educational assistance
to Food Stamp participants and those applying for food stamps. SNAP Ed
consists of families with children, seniors, singles, individuals with
developmental disabilities, and youth.
The goal of SNAP Ed is to provide educational programming that will
increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood that all food stamp
recipients are making healthy food choices and choosing active
lifestyles consistent with the most recent advice reflected in the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
SNAP Ed includes behaviorally focused, science-based nutrition
education interventions. The focus of SNAP Ed is health promotion, and
primary prevention of diseases.
SNAP Ed partners with numerous community agencies and organizations to
optimize effective programming. Our program works to effect positive
behavior changes in participants concerning nutrition and physical
activity. The Montana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education provides
educational programs for food stamp households and those eligible. In
Montana counties, paraprofessionals (nutrition assistants) provide a series
of lessons or single demonstrations with practical information and
skill-building tips for choosing better foods, food handling, food
storage and food safety practices.
Impact for Youth and Adult Programs:
- In 2010, 5168 youth were reached statewide.
- 71% of those youth stated they had adopted healthier food and lifestyle choices after attending these lessons.
- 1,273 adults were reached statewide.
- 60% of adults who attended showed improved food choics and bether food money management.
Federal Food Stamp Program nutrition education funds are made
available through a contract with the Montana Department of Public
Health and Human Services. MSU, MSU Extension and other county and
state organizations provide in-kind support to match the federal