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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


What is Ohio's Snap-Ed Program?

Ohio State University Extension's Snap-Ed

Program is funded by Midwest Region Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Snap-Ed is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension in an effort to improve the nutrition of families and individuals who are food stamp program participants or eligible nonparticipants in non EFNEP counties and food stamp program participants or eligible nonparticipants who are elderly and/or adults without young children in EFNEP counties.

How are programs delivered?

'Helping people to improve their lives through an educational process using scientific knowledge focused on identified issues and needs'

The delivery of educational programs at the county level is done by the Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator, Jenny Even, and by the Snap-Ed Program Assistant, Tracy Bedford. Snap-Ed targets food stamp program participants; disseminates educational information through public service announcements, basic food and nutrition demonstrations, newsletters, fact sheets, individual consultations, and group educational sessions with displays and videotapes; and uses curriculum materials selected for the audience's unique diversity.

Snap-Ed as a Part of the Family & Consumer Sciences Program

The Snap-Ed Program is an integral part of the Ohio State University Extension Family & Consumer Sciences program. Snap-Ed Program Assistants teach basic nutrition, food safety, meal management, thrifty shopping and food resource management information to food stamp recipients and to eligible nonparticipants. The success of Snap-Edinvolves a partnership with local agencies/organizations whose outreach includes food stamp program participants and other low income audiences. Ohio State University Extension has the responsibility to provide additional educational experiences for the Snap-Ed audience.

To schedule a Snap-Ed program for your organization or clientele, please contact Tracy Bedford at 513-946-8997 or