What is SNAP-Ed?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federally funded grant program. It is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthy, active lives by partnering with each state and local organizations.
SNAP-Ed funds projects in all US States and Territories. SNAP-Ed projects encompass:
1. Nutrition Education
2. Social MarketingPolicy,
3. Systems and environmental change (PSE)
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to implement a nutrition education and obesity prevention program to improve the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA food guidance.
SNAP-Ed is funded through the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Final Rule (PDF, 256 KB) was published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2016. The rule codifies SNAP-Ed provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The SNAP-Ed target audience is SNAP-Ed eligible individuals, specifically SNAP participants and other low-income individuals who qualify to receive SNAP benefits or other means-tested Federal assistance programs. It also includes individuals residing in communities with a significant (50 percent or greater) low-income population.
The term “means-tested Federal assistance programs” for the purposes of this Guidance is defined as Federal programs that require the income and/or assets of an individual or family to be at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to qualify for benefits. There may be additional eligibility requirements to receive these programs, which provide cash and non-cash assistance to eligible individuals and families.
Households certified for SNAP, including those in States with BroadBased Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) policies with gross income limits up to 200% FPL, are SNAP participants and are therefore eligible for the same programs and services as all SNAP participants – including SNAP-Ed.
SNAPEd eligibility limits should not exceed the State threshold for BBCE, as listed at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/broadbased-categorical-eligibility.