Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Impacts
In FY 2017, the UMass SNAP-Ed program reached 3,904 adults and 64,247 youth through direct education methods and a total of 222,121 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:
- 24.0% more often ate vegetables*
- 21.2% more often ate fruits*
- 23.5% were physically active more often*
- 13.7% more often ate breakfast
*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:
- 35.3% more often ate vegetables*
- 34.0% more often ate fruits*
- 29.5% less often drank sweetened drinks
- 32.8% were physically active more often*
- 26.9% 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 62 community based partner to develop and implement SNAP-Ed in FY 2017.
- Program activities were delivered at:
- Public schools
- Youth education/recreation sites
- Farmers' markets
- Head Start program sites
- SNAP office sites
- Adult education and job training sites
- Public housing sites
- Community centers
- Supported housing/group homes
- Emergency food assistance sites
- WIC Programs
- Elderly service centers
- Public/community health centers
- Pregnant and parenting teen program site