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Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed)

The SNAP-Ed goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guidance System, MyPlate. SNAP-Ed initiatives are funded through a partnership with the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS).

SNAP-Nutrition Education Initiatives focus on:

Promoting healthy lifestyles, especially amount at-risk population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease.

Creating healthier communities through evidence-based interventions focusing on healthier eating habits and physically active lifestyles.

SNAP-Ed programs are available in the following counties:

Bamberg
Calhoun
Darlington
Dillon
Dorchester
Fairfield
Florence
Hampton
Kershaw

Lee
Lexington
Marion
Newberry
Orangeburg
Richland
Saluda
Sumter
Williamsburg

For more information please call: 1-866-369-9333 or send an email to: SNAP-Ed@dhec.sc.gov

Check out pictures from some of our SNAP-Ed courses.

See if there are any classes going on in your area.

It's Your Health . . . Take Charge and Taking Charge in Meadowland

Nutrition and healthy lifestyle education classes are offered to income eligible adults and children in the following settings:

  • Head start sites, schools, churches, senior centers, housing authorities, community centers, federally qualified health centers, parks and recreation sites, and many others.

Classes emphasize the importance of Choose MyPlate, consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Classes also incorporate hands-on preparation of quick, inexpensive, and healthy recipes.

Topics for classes include but are not limited to:

  • Choose MyPlate
  • Eating on a Budget and Meal Planning
  • Reducing Sodium
  • Portion Sizes
  • Grocery Store Tours
  • Label Reading
  • Physical Activity
  • Heart Healthy Eating

Kid friendly versions of adult lessons are available for income eligible children in the following settings:

  • Churches, elementary schools, after school programs, summer feeding programs, parks and recreation sites and many others.

Classes also include preparing a healthy kid friendly snack!

Free Nutrition Education materials are available at all classes!

For healthy eating tips, videos and printable nutrition information visit the following pages:

For more information on scheduling classes for your group please call 1-866-369-933 or send an email to SNAP-Ed@dhec.sc.gov.

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters for Adults teaches low-income adults (primarily adults with children) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget.

SNAP-Nutrition Education Program partners with agencies that serve low-income families with children to offer the evidence-based Cooking Matters® six-week course. Each session is team-taught by nutrition professionals and volunteers. Classes cover budgeting, grocery shopping, meal planning, food preparation, culinary skills and nutrition.

Specialized Curricula:

  • Cooking Matters for Adults teaches low-income adults (primarily adults with children) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. Adults participating in the sessions take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class to practice the skills learned in the class by preparing a healthy meal at home. Each class is approximately 2 hours.
  • Cooking Matters for Parents teaches low –income parents (primarily parents to children under age 5) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. Parents participating in the sessions take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class to practice the skills learned in the class by preparing a healthy meal at home. Each class is approximately 2 hours.
  • Cooking Matters at the Grocery Store is an interactive grocery store tour that teaches families on a tight budget how to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home. After the session, participants receive a $10 gift card to demonstrate the skills learned by purchasing the food to prepare a healthy meal for a family of four. The grocery store tour is approximately 1.5 hours long including the shopping activity.

Visit the national Cooking Matters website for more information.

It's Your Health. . . Take Charge at the Farmers Market

Nutrition educators will demonstrate recipes at farmers markets using foods grown in South Carolina from May through October. The fruits and vegetables used in the recipe demonstration will be available at the farmers market on the day of the event. Participants will sample and receive a copy of the recipe along with a list of available South Carolina fruits and vegetables, tips on smart shopping for produce, and how to include more fruits and vegetables in their meals. Information is available in English and Spanish. Participants completing a survey will receive a measuring spoon.

Find the farmers markets in your area! View recipes healthy recipes.

Tiny Tastes See How We Grow

Tiny Tastes See How We Grow targets children ages 3-4 years and introduces preschoolers to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Preschoolers learn how and where the food is grown and have the opportunity to touch, smell, taste, and learn a song about the item demonstrated. Each child receives the "I am a Nutrition Super Star" sheet with a take home message and recipe for the parents for the food demonstrated.

Select printable information for children ages 3-4 years.

For more information on scheduling classes for your group please call 1-866-369-933 or send an email to SNAP-Ed@dhec.sc.gov