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Monday, December 19, 2016

SNAP-Ed Community Partners Report Organizational and Environmental Change

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

Nine months into their work, SNAP-Ed Community Partners are reporting changes in organizational practices, physical infrastructure, and target audiences’ behavior.

University of Minnesota Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Community Partnership Funding provides funds to 15 local, regional, and statewide agencies. In December 2015, partners were chosen to work collaboratively with SNAP-Ed staff to help bring about policy, system, and environmental changes using practical strategies to help break down barriers to healthy eating and active living. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is providing technical assistance to measure the results of the partners’ work.

Among the most significant successes reported in the third quarter report are eight organizational changes achieved by seven partners, including changing school wellness policies and expanding acceptance of EBT cards at farmers markets.

The changes are not all at the organizational or policy level, however. Partners also have observed changes at the individual level within their target audiences. The most frequent change observed is adults taking on leadership roles, followed by increased participation of low-income families in purchasing and growing food.


The third quarter report shows that partners are continuing in the stage of program development and maturation. In Quarter 1, partners mentioned building partnerships and program attendance as their most significant successes. In Quarter 2, building partnerships and increasing program attendance were still mentioned as successes, but the benefits most often cited by partners were successful program implementation and growth. In Quarter 3, partners mentioned program implementation and developing relationships as their most significant successes.

For the full list of partners and their projects, visit z.umn.edu/communitypartnership.

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