The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education is to encourage participants to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and to prioritize foods acquired through emergency food systems. SNAP-Ed works with Food Bank partners to ensure that low-income Delawareans are receiving a variety of healthy foods when visiting local pantries. It 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 being 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.
The SNAP-Ed Department at the Food Bank of Delaware offers multiple programs associated with its Healthy Partners project.
Healthy Policies for Healthy Partners
Since foods distributed by the Food Bank of Delaware meet the chronic needs of low-income families, it is important to provide healthful foods to enable clients to make thehealthiest choices possible. The Food Bank of Delaware’s Foods to Encourage Nutrition Policy guides the Food Bank’s decisions in regards to food procurement and distribution to increase clients’ access to healthy foods while simultaneously alleviating hunger and food insecurity.
Healthy Pantry Partners:
The Healthy Pantry Partners project aims to assist the Food Bank of Delaware’s partner agencies to prioritize SNAP-eligible clients’ access to Foods to Encourage by providing nutrition education within the Food Bank of Delaware’s food pantry partner’s policies. The Community Nutritionist/Community Nutrition Educators will visit emergency food pantries to assess the variety and quality of foods offered and the effectiveness of the site’s promotion of healthy foods. Based upon these assessments, the Food Bank of Delaware SNAP-Ed staff will utilize the Healthy Pantry Partners to make recommendations to site personnel and volunteers on ordering and procurement of healthy foods, behavioral economics strategies including site layout and signage, and nutrition education classes to encourage participants to choose healthier foods.
The Healthy Childhood Project (HCP) is based on University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center’s Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating (CHILE) Plus Program. The purpose of the HCP is to provide nutrition and physical activity education in preschool-age children through a combination of PSE changes and direct and indirect education. At childcare sites, we will collaborate with teachers, administrators, and families to encourage policy and behavioral changes related to healthy eating and physical activity. Specifically, we will provide training and technical assistance to food service staff to encourage better menu selection that coordinates with curriculum modules. In communities where the curriculum is being implemented, we will identify grocery stores, corner stores, or pantry programs and work with management to increase the availability and visibility of healthier food and beverage options through posters, signage and recipes. Lastly, we will foster partnerships with healthcare and Women Infants and Children (WIC) providers to reiterate HCP nutrition and physical activity lessons through educational materials and tabling events.
For preschool age children, we will provide an evidence-based curriculum in Early Childhood Education Centers and Head Start programs as part of the Healthy Childhood Project. The HCP curriculum is designed to be carried out over the course of a year. Through classroom meals, lessons and activities, which will be supplemented by family educational materials and face-to-face family events, children will improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors. We will utilize the modules developed for the CHILE program in addition to lessons and materials from the Healthy Harvest for Healthy Kids curriculum to give students an opportunity to explore and taste new fruits and vegetables. We will also provide indirect education and newsletters at
community locations that serve SNAP eligible populations.
For more information:
Community Nutrition Educator
Culinary and Nutrition Educator
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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