Mission & Overview

SNAP-Ed, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education, is an evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention program that helps people lead healthier lives. UDC SNAP-Ed strengthens the nutrition literacy of individuals and families using or eligible for SNAP benefits through various interactive and engaging activities. With a focus on underserved wards, (Wards 5, 7 and 8), UDC SNAP-Ed conducts nutrition workshops and food demonstrations, and provides obesity prevention support and technical assistance in various settings across the District. Topics covered include healthy eating with limited resources, physical activity, food safety and hygiene, and all aspects of food resource management. UDC SNAP-Ed functions by cultivating partnerships with all types of community organizations.

It is the mission of UDC SNAP-Ed to provide sustainable educational programming that will help SNAP-eligible individuals and families make healthy food choices within a limited budget. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA national nutrition guidance system.

Goals & Objectives
UDC SNAP-Ed goals include increasing healthful eating and physical activity behaviors among SNAP-eligible children and adults in the District and strengthening community partnerships with service providers in SNAP-Ed eligible settings where people eat, learn, live, play shop and work in the District.

UDC SNAP-Ed strives to encourage District residents to increase their intent and frequency of consuming vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low/no-fat dairy, lean protein, and water. Other objectives include increasing the intent and frequency of physical activity behaviors and decreasing the frequency of screen time and sedentary behaviors among Districts residents.