The UMass Extension SNAP-Ed program is part of a national nutrition education effort funded through the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP). The overarching goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide nutrition education programs and activities that help adults and youth eligible for SNAP to establish healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles. To achieve this goal, our staff, based at UMass Amherst and in seven field offices (Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, South Hadley, Springfield, and Worcester) will be working in partnership with 35 collaborators throughout the Commonwealth.
All SNAP-Ed projects are planned and implemented with community partners who devote time and resources and are highly invested in the program. University faculty and staff work closely with community agencies, school systems and other collaborators in developing an array of educational workshops, events and materials that are informative and engaging. The resulting statewide program has been consistently successful at promoting healthy lifestyle choices with regard to food and physical activity.