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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

Nutrition and physical activity can improve your well-being.

The typical Arkansas diet is high in fat and low in fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. Poor diet in conjunction with too little physical activity can contribute to the development of serious health problems.

Fortunately, the Arkansas SNAP-Ed program is available to help consumers make better choices about what to eat in order to stay active and live better. 

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What is Arkansas SNAP-Ed?

Arkansas SNAP-Ed provides nutrition education to food stamp recipients and those individuals and families who are eligible to receive nutrition assistance. As a result of a partnership between the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and county governments, SNAP-Ed is helping Arkansans eat better in order to live better.


Find a SNAP-Ed Program Near You

Contact your local county Extension agent for more details on how you or your school can participate.


Want to save money while preparing healthy meals?

Visit our Arkansas Foods Blog for budget-friendly recipes and tips, as well as tried and true nutrition information to help you make better choices when deciding what to feed your family.   


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A student creates a healthy snack on a stick with fresh spinach leaves, a cube of cheese, and a cherry tomatoThe goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide educational nutrition programs that help SNAP participants and those eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) make healthier food choices and adopt active lifestyles that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Food Guidance System. The program is designed to teach skills that help participants to: 

  • Buy and prepare healthful meals and snacks based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Food Guidance System
  • Become more physically active
  • Improve safe handling, preparation, and storage of food
  • Develop spending and savings plans to make food dollars last throughout the month

Paper grocery bag full of commodities such as rice and dried beans. Also includes a monthly calendar of recipes and a yellow newsletter telling how to use the commodities.SNAP-Ed nutrition educators live in the communities they serve and they understand the needs of the families in their county. They deliver SNAP-Ed training in a variety of ways, including:

  • School programs
  • Hands-on learning experiences
  • Food demonstrations
  • Small group discussions
  • Educational displays
  • Handouts
  • Newsletters
  • Cooking Schools

Farmer’s market booth display of eggplant, squash, onion, okra, and new potatoes. Saleswoman holds bag as customer fills it with small onions.SNAP-Ed partners with the Arkansas Department of Human Services offices, Arkansas Department of Health WIC clinics, Head Start programs, senior citizen centers, commodity distribution sites, and public schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

  • Access Arkansas

    Quick and easy way for the people of Arkansas to find answers to their questions regarding health and nutrition programs and find out whether they qualify for nutrition assistance.

  • Arkansas Food Bank Service

    Supplies food pantries and other agencies that distribute food boxes and meals to those in need. This site will help you find a pantry or agency nearest you.

  • Arkansas DHS WIC Program

    Provides food, nutrition education or counseling, and access to health services for eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5.

  • Arkansas Department of Education Nutrition Unit

    Information on Healthy School Initiative with information on standards and school wellness policies.

  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

    Provides programs, food resources, education and advocacy to feed Arkansas's hungry as well as a list of food pantries around the state.

  • Arkansas DHS Diabetes Prevention and Control

    Provides a wide range of information and support regarding diabetes such as technical assistance, quality improvement training, health care team scholarships, and health promotion through media messages.

  • ChooseMyPlate.govFood and nutrition education and advocacy materials for educators/teachers, health care professionals, partners, parents, children, adults, preschoolers, college students.

  • MyPlate Core Nutrition MessagesUse these resources as part of nutrition education to help increase consumption of whole grains, fat-free and low-fat (1% or less) milk, and fruits and vegetables, and encourage child feeding practices that foster healthy eating habits.

  • How to Get Food HelpInformation from the USAGov about who qualifies for all their food assistance programs and how to apply for assistance.

  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service

    Link to federal portal to nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education resources.

  • SNAP-Ed Connection

    A dynamic online resource center SNAP-Ed. Includes nutrition education materials and a recipe finder.

State and National Data & Research

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).