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A push for healthy food choices

SNAP helps people on limited budgets

As the cornerstone of the USDA nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition among low-income individuals.

The educational component — SNAP-Ed — works to improve the likelihood that those eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices on a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Kansas State University's Family Nutrition Program is the state's version of SNAP-Ed. The no-cost program reaches Kansans in 80 counties through K-State Research and Extension and several partners:

  • Schools and libraries
  • WIC and local health departments
  • Senior Centers and congregate meal sites
  • Head Start and childcare centers
  • Churches
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Food Banks and pantries
  • Commodity food distribution centers
  • Shelters



Kansas FNP Report (2012)
After completing a series of FNP lessons, 44.9 percent of teen and adult FNP participants intended to increase their current level of physical activity, from "1 or 2 days per week" to "3 or 4 days per week." Nearly 51 percent of 3,899 participants says they would increase the frequency with which they eat a variety of foods at each meal.

Sound Living: Family Nutrition Program
Feb. 13, 2014
Sound Living's 15-minute audio interview with Sandy Procter, assistant professor, extension specialist and coordinator of the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP) — Kansas' version of SNAP.