Maine SNAP-Ed

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 Maine SNAP-Ed is a program designed to help Maine SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) eligible residents learn how to shop, prepare, cook, and eat healthy food on a budget.

How it Works:

Through the Maine SNAP-Ed Program, Healthy Oxford Hills offers fun and free classes, workshops and resources for all ages across Oxford County.  We provide participants with real tips and tricks that can help you stretch your food budget and feed your family healthier options.  All sessions are free and offered at various times throughout the week.

Healthy Oxford Hills Nutrition Educators

Kate Goldberg (kate@healthyoxfordhills.org)

Holly Utt (holly@healthyoxfordhills.org)

Hollie Legee-Cressman (hollie@healthyoxfordhills.org)

Contact Us

How to Participate:

Adults – We offer a variety of adult programs, including FREE cooking and nutrition classes through the following curriculums:

  • Cooking Matters (for teens, adults, and families):Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ classes provide a culinary enhanced nutrition education program that teaches participants how to prepare meals that are healthy, tasty and low in cost. Each lesson engages participants in hands-on meal preparation, practical nutrition tips and food budgeting skills.  Classes are held for two hours each week for six weeks.  For the adult classes only, each participant receives a bag of groceries to prepare one recipe each week at home.  During the fifth week, participants also receive a $10 gift card with a healthy challenge.

 

  • Cooking Matters at the Store Pop-up Tour: Participants receive great shopping tips, practice reading labels, and compare pricing to learn how to buy healthy foods on a limited budget.  Upon completion of the grocery store tour, participants receive a $10 gift card with a healthy challenge.

 

  • 10 Tips: The 10 Tips nutrition education series consists of 4 sessions either based on the theme of “Choose MyPlate” or “Eating Better on a Budget.” The classes are based on the USDA’s “10 tips Nutrition Education Series” which provide simple, easy to follow tips from the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Sessions for adults can be taught as the 4 session series or as a recurring session.Food demonstrations and tastings are provided during each session.

Contact us to find out more or sign up for our next class!  All are welcome to join our classes that are open to the public or you can contact us about scheduling a class for your group or organization.

 

Schools – Fun and informative programs are available for children in schools.

  • Eat Well Play Hard (preschool): The Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPH) program is a series of six to eight lessons designed to teach young children about healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity. Lessons include nutrition activities and food samples for children and recipes and take home materials for parents/caregivers.

 

  • Pick A Better Snack (PABS) Program (K-3rdgrade): The PABS program consists of six to eight lessons (taught once per month) that focus on helping children eat more fruits and vegetables. Each lesson includes two key elements: a nutrition education lesson and a food tasting of fruits or vegetables.

 

 

Volunteers – We are always looking for extra help, especially from individuals with cooking experience.  Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering (or need additional information on any of our nutrition classes/programs).

 

The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides the funding for SNAP-Ed, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented by the University of New England (UNE).

Cooking Matters is a national program of Share Our Strength.  In Maine, Cooking Matters is implemented through a partnership between the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine SNAP-Ed.  Additional local support for Cooking Matters comes from Hannaford Supermarkets.

What is Healthy Oxford Hills doing for Maine SNAP-Ed?

For a list of scheduled classes and events – CLICK HERE 

Who is Eligible for Maine SNAP-Ed?

+ People receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits
+ People eligible for SNAP benefits based on income qualifications. Not sure if you are eligible… (click below to find out)

http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

+ WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children) recipients
+ Those benefiting from other means tested federal assistance programs (ex. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

+ Children in schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (contact Jacqui to find out if your child’s school is eligible).

+ Locations such as food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, public housing, SNAP/TANF job readiness program sites, and other such sites automatically qualify.

Check out the SNAP-Ed Community Corner to find information, tips, and tools for making healthy lifestyle choices. For example, information on food groups, portion sizes, and eating right when the money is tight is all available through the link below –

http://snap.nal.usda.gov/community-corner-nutrition-you-and-your-family

Resources

Area Food Pantries – CLICK HERE

Area Community Meals – CLICK HERE