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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?

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.

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]


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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), 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.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. mail:
    Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
    1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
    Alexandria, VA 22314; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (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: 
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm