The goal of the SNAP-Ed Program is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for 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 USDA food guidance. The SNAP-Ed Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a partnership with the SC Department of Social Services.
The focus of SNAP-Ed is to: 1) implement programs and promote health promotion activities to help the SNAP-Ed households establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle, and 2) help SNAP-Ed households at risk for nutrition-related chronic diseases, prevent or postpone the onset of disease by making healthier food choices and increasing physical activity.
SNAP-Ed programs focus on changing behaviors and all nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives are evidenced-based.
Through a partnership with DSS, DHEC SNAP Education initiatives provide direct nutrition education to SNAP eligible participants in twenty-one counties. The staff provide nutrition education to children and adults throughout the life cycle.
DHEC SNAP-Ed Service Areas:
Counties: Bamberg, Calhoun, Chester, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Hampton, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Williamsburg and York counties.
Sites: Head Start programs, elementary schools, children’s museums, food pantries, recreational centers, community centers, churches, housing authority sites, drug and alcohol addiction centers, libraries, summer camps, county libraries, senior citizen centers and federally qualified health centers.