About Maine SNAP-Ed
What is SNAP?
SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP is federally-funded and provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
What is Maine SNAP-Ed?
Maine SNAP-Ed provides nutrition education services in settings like schools, food pantries, Head Starts, and other child care settings, grocery stores, and regional DHHS offices.
The Maine SNAP-Ed program is made up of over 35 Nutrition Educators and Program Coordinators located statewide. We aim to reach every community within the state of Maine to provide nutrition education to low-income Mainers.
Maine SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based curricula and multi-level community-based approaches to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for Maine families.
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How is Maine SNAP-Ed funded?
In Maine, SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Office for Family Independence (OFI) at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Programming is implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE) in partnership with local community organizations.