SNAP-Ed Program

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative 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.  SNAP-Ed is a federal program funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) that works with states to provide nutrition education messages that focus on three main behavioral outcomes:

  • Making half your plate fruits and vegetables, at least half your grains whole grains, and switching to fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
  • Increasing physical activity and reducing time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Maintaining an appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and older age.

UNE was awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to act as the implementing agency for the SNAP-Ed grant in Maine. UNE’s model works with the local Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMPs) to provide public health nutrition, physical activity, obesity and chronic disease expertise as well as state and national relationships in order to deliver cost-effective nutrition and obesity prevention education services to low-income families. 

For more information about the Maine SNAP-Ed Program, please email project manager Joan Ingram at

For more information on the SNAP-Ed Program, go to: the SNAP-Ed Connection.