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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

What is DC SNAP-Ed?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for children, youth, and adults who receive or are eligible to receive SNAP benefits.

The District of Columbia’s (DC) SNAP-Ed Program is a state-wide program that delivers nutrition education and promotes physical activity to help SNAP participants and other limited-resource individuals and families make healthy food choices and choose active lifestyles on a budget. 

In partnership with the DC Department of Human Services, DC Health oversees the SNAP-Ed programming that is offered at a variety of settings including child care sites, pre-schools, schools, summer meal sites, worksites, faith-based organizations, senior centers, farmers’ markets, retail food stores, and food distribution sites. 

DC SNAP-Ed programming is provided by DC Health and its grantees: Mary’s Center, University of the District of Columbia, and Washington Youth Garden.

Who do we serve?

Youth
DC SNAP-Ed helps youth at child care sites, pre-schools, schools, summer meals sites, summer camps, and recreation centers learn to make healthy food choices and participate in physical activity. DC SNAP-Ed activities for youth include classes, food demonstrations and tastings, take-home materials, newsletters, and school gardens.  Parents, caregivers, and other family members are also participate in DC SNAP-Ed programming for youth.

Adults
SNAP-Ed helps adult SNAP participants and other limited-resource individuals learn and develop skills to make healthy food choices and add physical activity into their daily lives. DC SNAP-Ed activities for adults take place at housing buildings, health centers, senior centers, farmers’ markets, faith-based organizations, food distribution sites, and include classes, food demonstrations and tastings, take-home materials, text messages, and newsletters.

For more information about DC SNAP-Ed contact:
[email protected] 
Sara Beckwith MS, RDN, LD
Program Manager
DC Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
DC Health
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC  20002
Office: (202) 442-9171
[email protected]

Resources

  •  DC SNAP-Ed Resources
    •  FY17-FY19 State Plan
    •  FY18 Outreach flyer (multiple languages)
  • General SNAP-Ed Resources
    •  FY2018 SNAP-Ed Guidance Document
    •  SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework
    •  SNAP-Ed Interventions Tool Kit

Nutrition Educator Guide
The DC SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator Guide is a training tool to develop highly effective nutrition educators in a wide range of settings such as schools, child care centers, community centers, health centers, farmers’ markets, and faith-based institutions. For more information, email: [email protected].  

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442, or
  3. Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Service Contact: 
Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9171
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm