Updated SNAP-Ed LogoThe goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education is to encourage participants to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and to
encourage donations of nutritious foods. SNAP-ed works with Food Bank partners to ensure that low-income Delawareans are receiving a variety of healthy foods
when visiting local pantries.

IMG_0585It is a constant struggle for food-insecure families to purchase enough food for a healthy and adequate diet. In order to stretch food dollars and keep stomachs from going empty, families often resort to purchasing inexpensive products with little nutritional value. The result is a diet high in calories, saturated fat, and added sugar, and low in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. This puts food insecure individuals at risk for becoming
overweight and developing a wide range of related health issues.

Focuses for the upcoming year include:
Foods to Encourage: Since foods distributed by the Food Bank of Delaware meet chronic needs of low-income families, it is important to provide healthful foods to help the clients make the healthiest choices possible. The Food Bank’s Foods to Encourage policy guides the Food Banks decisions about food to acquire and distribute that will
contribute to more healthful diets of clients, as well as alleviating hunger and food insecurity.

Healthy Hunger Relief Partners: The Healthy Hunger Relief Partners program is to assist the Food Bank of IMG_0592Delaware’s partner agencies to prioritize SNAP eligible clients’ access to whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy and to provide nutrition education within the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger relief programs. Community Nutritionists/Nutrition Educators will visit emergency food pantries to assess the variety and quality of foods offered and the effectiveness of the sites promotion of healthy foods within the pantry. Based upon those assessments, Food Bank staff will make recommendations to site staff and volunteers on ordering and procurement of healthy foods, pantry layout and signage to encourage clients to choose healthier foods.

IMG_0724Education for Food Bank Program Participants:
The Community Nutritionist/Nutrition Educators will provide monthly newsletters, signage and marketing
materials incorporating USDA Food Nutrition Services Core Nutrition messages targeted to audiences served
through Food Bank of Delaware programming. In addition, the team will also provide direct education and
cooking demonstrations.

Ensuring that children are eating nutritious foods is important. The Food Bank of Delaware provides more than
300,000 after-school and summer meals to children at risk of hunger each year. These meals play a critical role
in helping children get the nutrition they need for health and growth. In order to maximize the effectiveness
of the meals the Food Bank of Delaware will implement behavioral economics, direct and indirect education
at feeding sites to encourage more children to enroll and to consume all their meal components. The SNAPed
team will also create a handbook and training module for site personnel to promote healthy eating
behaviors, provide incentives for children to try new foods and more.

To schedule a nutrition session, contact:

New Castle County
Laura Sahd, RD
Community Nutritionist
(302) 292-1305 ext 256

Kent and Sussex Counties
Asia Thurston
Community Nutrition Educator
(302) 393-2013

For more information on the SNAP program, click here.

For the USDA’s Team Nutrition page, please click here.

For more nutrition information click here.


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