The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth. It is funded by the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP-Ed operates in 52 states and territories, and its focus audience is individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).

SNAP-Ed facilitates voluntary adoption of healthy food and physical activity choices and other good nutrition-related behaviors. In Ohio, SNAP-Ed has developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension.

Learn more about SNAP-Ed by visiting http://fcs.osu.edu/nutrition/fnp and http://snap.nal.usda.gov.

Who can participate in the SNAP-Ed in Ashland County?
SNAP Ed provides services to limited-resource elderly persons and adults with and without young children.

What do participants learn?
This is an equal opportunity program. We recruit participants at locations where they live, work and do business. Low-income people learn about SNAP-Ed from other agencies and organizations who partner with OSU Extension for nutrition education programs. The success of SNAP Ed is linked to the partnership with local agencies and organizations whose outreach includes low income people.

Participants learn to select fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and low-fat dairy products for a healthy diet; to use limited resources to plan, purchase and prepare food for the family; to be physically active every day; and to store and handle food so it is safe to eat.

What methods does SNAP-Ed use to teach people about nutrition?

•  Basic food and nutrition demonstrations
•  Newsletters
•  Fact sheets
•  Group educational sessions

How Can I Participate in the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program?
You may contact Joyce Porter, OSU SNAP-Ed Program Assistant at the Ashland County Extension Office at 419-289-4757 or at porter.1010@osu.edu. All programs are offered to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis.

USDA-FNS statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers, found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.