Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-ED)

Program Code

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) program code is 3890100.

Program Description

The SNAP-Ed Program provides evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention services to older adults age 60 or older at eligible Title III C congregate nutrition sites and other venues. Through SNAP-Ed interventions, 16 participating Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) provide evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention programs approved by the United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. The Program also advocates for policy, systems, and environmental change (PSE) strategies and, in some areas, uses social marketing to disseminate messaging aligned with the Program goals.

Program Benefits

The Program increases participants’ knowledge of how to make healthy food choices on a limited budget and engage in more active lifestyles in their homes and communities. The Program seeks to increase participants’ consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, and their ability to maintain an appropriate calorie balance. The Program also promotes physical activities appropriate to the needs and limitations of older adults. PSE strategies support healthy behavioral changes among older adults in the community.

Program Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria Eligibility Requirement
Age

Individuals 60 years of age or older

Income

At or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG)

Other

The SNAP-Ed eligible population comprises of:

  • CalFresh recipients age 60 and older
  • Individuals 60 or older, at or below 185 percent of the FPG

Program sites must meet SNAP-Ed eligibility standards using 1 of 4 methodologies:

  • Methodology 1 – The site address must be within an eligible low-income census tract with greater than 50 percent of residents having incomes at or below 185 percent of the FPG
  • Methodology 2 – The setting is qualified based on the population it serves and not its physical location (e.g., public housing, Commodity Food Distribution sites, etc.)
  • Methodology 3 - Fifty percent of site participants must have incomes at or below 100 percent of the FPG as determined by income levels identified on intake forms
  • Methodology 4 – Fifty percent of site participants must have incomes at or below 185 percent of the FPG as determined by individual participant queries conducted at the meal site

Program Funding

Funding Type Funding Information
Source

SNAP federal funds via U.S. Department of Agriculture

Allocation Formula

Not applicable

Match Requirements

Not applicable

Other

Not applicable

Cycle

October 1 – September 30

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