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SNAP-Ed logo Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (USNAP-Ed)

Our Mission

The Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (USNAP-Ed) is a nutrition education program that is implemented through the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University. The program is co-funded by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the SNAP Division of The Alabama Department of Human Resources under the umbrella of the Food and Nutrition Service-United States Department of Agriculture.

The mission of USNAP-Ed is to empower limited resource families to make wise food choices, to select and prepare safe foods, and to consume a nutrient dense diet of healthy foods. USNAP-Ed is taught by Extension Agent Assistants in groups and in some instances individual sessions. USNAP-Ed targets residents of public housing facilities, youth in after school programs, and seniors citizens throughout Alabama's metropolitan areas.


picture of vegetablesGoals of USNAP-Ed

  • Improve knowledge of the importance of good nutrition to foster healthy families and communities
  • Educate families and individuals on the American Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate to increase their knowledge and skills in food selection, food preparation, and food safety/storage for improved general health
  • Reduce risk factors associated with poor health and chronic diseases by encouraging food choices, and physical and community activities that promote health and prevent disease
  • Improve shopping behavior and management of household food dollars to ensure nutritious foods are available for families and individuals

USDA logoThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low incomes. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-221-5689 or visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap
This material was funded by a USDA's SNAP Program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against the customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.
)If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers.