Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Nutrition Education for SNAP-Eligibles and clients of other low-income services:
Childcare Facilities: We are offering a fun and interactive program called “Eat Well, Play Hard” for facilities participating in the CACFP and/or located in lower-income neighborhoods. This eight-session series introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the basics of food manners, trying new foods, and the importance of eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Elementary Schools: Schools with >50% participation in free/reduced lunch are eligible for the “Pick a Better Snack & Act” curriculum for K-3rd graders, and “Nutrition to Grow On” for 4th-6th graders. These lessons were chosen specifically for their alignment with the Maine Learning Results, and include lessons such as “Food Math”.
Adolescents: Teens ages 11-15 can participate in the “EatFit” program. With online games and learning tools, this curriculum is well-suited for both school and extracurricular settings. We also have “Cooking Matters for Teens”, which is a popular, hands-on series of cooking classes that helps teens develop the skills to select and prepare nutritious and delicious meals.
Adults: “Cooking Matters for Adults” is a hands-on cooking class that helps participants develop the skills to select and prepare nutritious and delicious meals. Each class is led by a nutrition educator and a professional chef, and free take-home groceries are available for participants who complete this six session course. We also offer “Cooking Matters at the Store”, which is a one-time shopping tour that gives participants tips for navigating the overwhelming number of options at the grocery store. Participants receive a $10 gift card to Hannaford for completing the tour.
Families: “Eat Together, Eat Better” is a three-session class that emphasizes an important component of healthful eating: family meals. Focusing on celebrating together, cooking together, and talking together, participants will discuss the benefits of family meals and learn new ways to incorporate them into their lifestyles.
Seniors: For older adults, we offer the “Eat Smart, Live Strong” curriculum. This four-session program uses relevant and interactive activities to promote increased fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity, as well as tips for eating healthfully on a budget.
One-Time Classes for All Ages! We are able to offer one-time nutrition education classes that can be tailored to fit your revenue and audience. This may include a demonstration of new and nutritious foods, or a class on one of our pre-selected topics, which range from food safety to innovative ways to fit more fruits and veggies into your diet.