The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP-Ed, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education, serves as the educational component of SNAP. Throughout the country, SNAP-Ed programs teach people to shop for and cook healthy meals, make their SNAP dollars stretch and work with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
In Georgia, SNAP-Ed works with the Georgia Department of Public Health, HealthMPowers, Open Hand Atlanta and the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences in innovative educational programs in schools, workplaces, communities and online.
To maximize nutrition education efforts and improve the coordination and cooperation of all the state and public health agencies, nutrition assistance programs and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), the USDA asked all state SNAP-Ed Programs to establish a State Nutrition Action Council (SNAC). Utilizing Georgia Shape’s robust coalitions across the state that include current Georgia SNAP-Ed implementers and many other nutrition-focused organizations, the Georgia SNAP-Ed Program and Georgia Shape co-created Georgia SNAC.
Georgia SNAC’s first project was developing a statewide strategic communications plan that all partners can share and utilize. An online Google document was created for partners to align healthy eating and physical activity messaging. All partners can visit the document and tailor sample social media messages for their needs. Georgia Shape compiled over 400 healthy recipes for partners to share. Recipes that were not available electronically were formatted into PDF’s and are available on the Shape website for all partners to use. Hashtags were also created for partners to view the reach and engagement of posts (re-posts, likes, views, etc.).
To learn more about SNAP Ed in Georgia, visit their website at https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/state-snap-ed-programs/georgia.
To learn more about Georgia’s Harvest of the Month, visit the Georgia Farm to School Website at http://gafarmtoschool.org/.
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