University of South Carolina

SNAP-Ed

The SNAP-Ed program aims to ensure that people eligible for SNAP and other public assistance programs are able to meet national dietary and physical guidelines while living on a budget.  The University of South Carolina (UofSC) SNAP-Ed Implementing Agency works with community members and a wide-range of partners to help increase equitable access to healthy foods.

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Implementation

We implement the following projects through SNAP-Ed: 1) Food Policy Councils, 2) Nutrition Supports in Public Libraries, and 3) FoodShare SC.

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Evaluation

We evaluate SNAP-Ed programming across the state to understand processes and outcomes.

Technical Assistance

We provide technical assistance to partners and SNAP-Ed implementers on nutrition support implementation, engagement of priority populations and multi-sector partners, and evaluation.

About SNAP-Ed Nationally to Locally

What is SNAP-Ed?

The goal of the SNAP-Ed program is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will make nutritious food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance. SNAP-Ed is the nation’s largest nutrition education and obesity prevention program administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Theoretically based in the social-ecological model, SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based multi-level interventions to improve healthy eating and physical activity behaviors and environments in communities around the country. You can learn more about the SNAP-Ed program here.

UofSC SNAP-Ed Background

UofSC became a SNAP-Ed State Implementing Agency (SIA) in 2015. Our team first focused on providing evaluation and capacity-building support to the state’s other three SIAs on changing policies, systems, and environments (PSE) to make healthy eating and physical activity more accessible in communities.  Since then, our work has expanded to include our own PSE implementation projects and working across sectors to support food accessibility and equity.  Learn more about our work by exploring the projects tab. 

Overview of SNAP-Ed in SC

The SC SNAP-Ed program is administered by the Department of Social Services and implemented, in addition to UofSC, by the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute, Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Lowcountry Food Bank. You can learn more about the work of these agencies here:

https://dss.sc.gov/assistance-programs/food-and-nutrition-programs/snap-nutrition-education/

https://yli.sites.clemson.edu/marginalized-youth/snap-ed.html

https://scdhec.gov/health/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-education-snap-ed

https://lowcountryfoodbank.org/about-us/how-we-work/nutrition-initiatives/

The creation of this website was funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.