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Snap Ed

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Impacts

SNAP-Ed Program Impacts in FY16 Highlighting Success in Massachusetts

In FY 2016, the UMass SNAP-Ed program reached 4,089 adults and 58,758 youth through direct education methods and a total of 232,241 adults and youth through indirect education methods.

Reaching Those in Need

  • SNAP-Ed is delivered in the lowest income communities in Massachusetts.
  • Adult participants were reached at adult education and training sites, community centers, elderly service centers, emergency food assistance sites, farmers' markets, SNAP offices, public housing sites, libraries, pregnant/parenting teen program sites, WIC Programs, supported housing/group homes, and public/community health centers located in low income areas.
  • Preschool and youth participants were reached at Head Start Programs and daycare/preschool sites, schools in low income areas, summer recreation programs, parks, summer feeding sites, afterschool programs, and Boys & Girls Club sites.

Using Effective Methods

  • SNAP-Ed staff and educators work with local collaborators to design and implement programs that will meet local needs (including workshop series, single session workshops, displays, food/cooking demonstrations, posters, newsletters, and follow-up enrichment materials).
  • SNAP-Ed provides newsletters and follow-up nutrition education materials to parents of participating youth to reinforce what their children have learned.
  • SNAP-Ed provides follow-up materials for teachers, nurses, and food service staff in schools where SNAP-Ed educators conduct a series of lessons.
  • A blog provided weekly tips available to all SNAP participants for making the most of their SNAP benefits.

Changing Youth Behaviors

Pre and Post Surveys of grade 3-5 youth showed the following changes after program participation:

  • 23.8% more often ate vegetables*
  • 20.7% more often ate fruits*
  • 24.6% were physically active more often*

 *the change in mean score from pre to post was significant at the p<0.000 level

Pre and Post Surveys of grade 6-8 youth showed the following changes after program participation:

  • 34.1% more often ate vegetables*
  • 35.4% more often ate fruits*
  • 33.3% were physically active more often*
  • 29.1% were spending less time watching TV or movies, playing electronic video games, or using the computer for something that is not school work*

*the change in mean score from pre to post was significant at the p<.000 level

Involving the Community

  • Staff at 6 SNAP-Ed sites worked with 110 collaborating schools and agencies to develop and implement SNAP-Ed in FY 2016.
  • Program activities were delivered at:
    • 209 public schools
    • 40 youth education/recreation sites
    • 38 farmers' markets
    • 26 Head Start program sites
    • 20 SNAP office sites
    • 16 adult education and job training sites
    • 13 public housing sites
    • 12 community centers
    • 10 supported housing/group homes
    • 9 emergency food assistance sites
    • 5 WIC Programs
    • 5 elderly service centers
    • 4 public/community health centers
    • 4 private schools
    • 2 churches
    • 2 shelters
    • 1 pregnant and parenting teen program site
    • 1 library
    • 1 conference center
    • 1 extension office