Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed)

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP, known as CalFresh in California, will choose physically active lifestyles and make healthy food choices that are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the US Department of Agriculture's food guidance.

The California Department of Aging (CDA) will administer a statewide SNAP-Ed program that promotes nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions among low-income older adults. SNAP-Ed interventions will be provided by participating Area Agencies on Aging at qualified Older Americans Act (OAA) Title IIIC Congregate Nutrition Programs.

SNAP-Ed interventions will provide nutrition education, and obesity prevention activities based on approved evidence-based health promotion programs. Specific key messaging will include:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, at least half your grains whole grains, and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
  • Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle;
  • Maintain appropriate calorie balance.

Resources and Tools

Laws, Regulations and Policies

SNAP-Ed Guidance SNAP-Ed State Implementing Agency Memos Program Memos

SNAP-Ed Local Integrated Work Plans by County

SNAP-Ed State Plan and Needs Assessment

Updated September 6, 2016

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