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January Is SNAP Education and Outreach Month

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate — Health and Nutrition​

Our New Year's resolution to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Minnesotans just got a boost: Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed January Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Outreach Month.

Read the full proclamation here: SNAP Education and Outreach Month.

SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes buy food for well-balanced meals. And SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) helps make the healthy choice the easy choice for those Minnesotans.

How SNAP-Ed Works

University of Minnesota Extension staff brings proven, effective solutions for healthful living that individuals, families, and organizations can use right away. The SNAP-Ed team works at many levels to empower individuals and families to make healthy food and physical activity choices by
  • Demonstrating quick, easy, fun ways to prepare great-tasting and healthful meals.
  • Strengthening local economies by teaching participants how to shop for healthy foods at area stores and farmers markets.
  • Building local capacity by growing farm to school programs.
  • Identifying active lifestyle choices for people of all ages where they live, work, and play.
  • Helping communities create and sustain environments that support and promote healthy choices.
We partner with schools, health care organizations, hunger relief organizations, public health agencies, agriculture, and other organizations to coordinate projects that make a difference in Minnesotans’ lives.

The goal is to help adults, school-aged youth, preschool-aged youth, and parents make the best food choices to feed their families and promote healthy lifestyles. This not only affects the people who are directly involved in SNAP-Ed, but also results in positive changes for the community.
Read more about how SNAP-Ed makes a difference on the Family Matters blog.

Your Turn

Whether it’s reading more about SNAP-Ed on our website, or talking about SNAP-Ed with your friends, family, neighbors, and community members, we rely on our supporters to spread the word. Take action in whatever way works best for you!
  • Watch and share Schoolhouse Broc-coli, a 3-minute animated video describing Health and Nutrition's work in Minnesota Schools.
  • Make a donation to Cooking Matters® Minnesota or volunteer with the program.
  • Partner with us. Fill out this contact form and let us know how we can work together to make a difference. 

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