Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(Food Stamp Program)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health. For most households, SNAP funds account for only a portion of their food budgets; they must also use their own funds to buy enough food to last throughout the month. Eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP).
For more information on SNAP and other services available through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578). Learn more >>
SNAP ED Program through LSU and Southern University Extension Agents
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the USDA. The mission of SNAP-Ed, (the educational piece of SNAP), is to improve the likelihood that SNAP participants (youth and adults) will adopt healthy food choices within a limited budget and incorporate active lifestyles and habits that promote good health.
Key objectives of SNAP-Ed are for SNAP participants to: 1) increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains or nonfat and low-fat dairy by one serving per day; 2) increase physical activity; and 3) practice three of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
The SNAP-Ed program uses various teaching methods to communicate its message to its participants. Whether through a school garden, the Smart Bodies program, Smart Portions classes, the Families First Nutrition Education and Wellness System, the Traveling Kitchen or Family Nutrition Night, participants are engaged in a dynamic learning experience.
Evaluations of the results of the program, including its workshops and activities, indicate that 97 percent of adults were trying new, healthier recipes for their family; 4-H campers increased their number of steps per day to an average of 11,967 steps; 75 percent of parents improved in considering healthy food choices when meal planning; 70 percent reported purchasing more fruits for their children; and 60 percent reported they are incorporating more vegetables into their family meals.
The results of each of these programs indicate potential positive changes in health for children and families. Those results will benefit schools, communities and workplaces across the state. Learn more >>