Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

There is a link between nutrition, physical activity, and the well-being of individuals and families. The typical Arkansas diet has too much fat and does not include enough fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. This diet in conjunction with too little physical activity contributes to the development of serious health problems. Fortunately, the Arkansas SNAP-Ed program is available to help us make better choices about what we eat so that we can stay active and live better. 

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Stacked text reading Arkansas, then SNAP-Ed, then Smart Nutrition – Active People Education with red apple behind right-side of textSNAP-Ed provides nutrition education to food stamp recipients and those individuals and families who are eligible to receive nutrition assistance. As a result of a partnership between the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP-Ed is helping Arkansans eat better so they can live better. Learn More

Are you interested in finding a SNAP-Ed program near you? Contact your local county Extension agent for more details on how you can participate. 

  • Goals
    A student creates a healthy snack on a stick with fresh spinach leaves, a cube of cheese, and a cherry tomato

    The goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide educational nutrition programs that help SNAP participants and those eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) make healthier food choices and adopt active lifestyles that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Food Guidance System. The program is designed to teach skills that help participants to: 

    • Buy and prepare healthful meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Food Guidance System
    • Become more physically active
    • Improve safe handling, preparation, and storage of food
    • Develop spending and savings plans to make food dollars last throughout the month
  • Network
    Paper grocery bag full of commodities such as rice and dried beans. Also includes a monthly calendar of recipes and a yellow newsletter telling how to use the commodities.
    SNAP-Ed nutrition educators live in the communities they serve and they understand the needs of the families in their county. They deliver SNAP-Ed training in a variety of ways, including:
    • School programs
    • Hands-on learning experiences
    • Food demonstrations
    • Small group discussions
    • Educational displays
    • Handouts
    • Newsletters
    • Cooking Schools
  • Partners
    Farmer’s market booth display of eggplant, squash, onion, okra, and new potatoes. Saleswoman holds bag as customer fills it with small onions.
    SNAP-Ed partners with the Arkansas Department of Human Services offices, Arkansas Department of Health WIC clinics, Head Start programs, senior citizen centers, commodity distribution sites, and public schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
  • Local Food Assistance
    • Access Arkansas

      Quick and easy way for the people of Arkansas to find answers to their questions regarding health and nutrition programs and find out whether they qualify for nutrition assistance.

    • Arkansas Food Bank Service

      Supplies food pantries and other agencies that distribute food boxes and meals to those in need. This site will help you find a pantry or agency nearest you.

  • Arkansas Nutrition Resources and Information
    • Arkansas DHS WIC Program

      Provides food, nutrition education or counseling, and access to health services for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5.

    • Arkansas Department of Education Nutrition Unit

      Information on Healthy School Initiative with information on standards and school wellness policies.

    • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

      Provides programs, food resources, education and advocacy to feed Arkansas's hungry as well as a list of food pantries around the state.

    • Arkansas DHS Diabetes Prevention and Control

      Provides a wide range of support services such as technical assistance, quality improvement training, health care team scholarships, and health promotion through media messages.

  • National Nutrition Resources and Information
    • ChooseMyPlate.gov
      Food and nutrition education and advocacy materials for educators/teachers, health care professionals, partners, parents, children, adults, preschoolers, college students.

    • Core Nutrition Messages
      Use these resources as part of nutrition education to help increase consumption of whole grains, fat-free and low-fat (1% or less) milk, and fruits and vegetables, and encourage child feeding practices that foster healthy eating habits.

    • How to Get Food Help (PDF)
      Information from the USDA about who qualifies for all their food assistance programs and how to apply for assistance.

    • USDA Food and Nutrition Service

      Link to federal portal to nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education resources.

    • SNAP-Ed Connection

      A dynamic online resource center SNAP-Ed. Includes nutrition education materials and a recipe finder.