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Urban SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education) makes nutrition easy, tasty, and affordable! Using evidence-based teaching methods, limited-resource families & individuals are encouraged to select nutritious food, be physically active, maximize food budgets with smart shopping tips, utilize healthy cooking techniques, and keep food safe during purchase, preparation & storage.

USNAP-Ed focuses on:

Urban SNAP-Ed uses the WEALTH curriculum for adults and the CATCH curriculum for youth as a guide to providing quality nutrition education to program participants.

  • Healthy Eating
  • Health and Wellness
  • Food Safety Skills
  • Healthy Food Preparation Tips
  • Smart Shopping Techniques
  • Hands-on Demonstrations for Healthy Snacks & Recipes

Our Mission

The mission of Urban SNAP-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.

Urban SNAP-Ed is taught by Urban SNAP-Ed educators in groups and in some instances, in individual sessions. Urban SNAP-Ed targets residents of public housing facilities, youth in- school and after-school programs, and senior citizens throughout Alabama’s metropolitan areas.

Urban SNAP-Ed Participants will learn how to:

  • Make wise food choices
  • Plan healthier meals
  • Purchase safe foods
  • Apply food safety skills when purchasing, preparing, cooking, and storing foods
  • Promote good health, wellness, and fitness through nutrition education

Goals of Urban SNAP-Ed

  • Improve the 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 the risk factors associated with poor health and chronic diseases by encouraging food choices, and physical and community activities that promote health and prevent diseases.
  • Improve shopping behavior and management of household food dollars to ensure nutritious foods are available for families and individuals.


Urban SNAP-Ed is implemented through the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit. 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 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 1-800–221-5689or visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap

This material was funded by USDA’s SNAP Program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Contact Us

State Office

Alabama A&M University

Dr. Andrea Morris
Office: (256) 372-8082
Email: morrian@aces.edu

Urban Centers

Calhoun County Extension Office

Michelle Elston
Office: (256) 237-1621
Email: elstoms@aces.edu

Houston County Extension Office

Le’Anne Almond
Office: (334) 794-4108

Jefferson County Extension Office

Cotia Bolton
Office: (205) 325-5342
Email: cqb0002@aces.edu

Lauderdale County Extension Office

Michele Hamilton-Gholston
Office: (256) 766-6223
Email: msh0017@aces.edu

Madison County Extension Office

Shavita Wood
Office: (256) 532-1578
Email: scw0027@aces.edu

Mobile County Extension Office

Kyondria Timmons
Office (251) 574-8445
Email: kct0012@aces.edu

Montgomery County Extension Office

Shonda Wright
Office: (334) 270-4133
Email: syw0002@aces.edu

Morgan County Extension Office

Michele Hamilton-Gholston
Office: (256) 766-6223
Email: msh0017@aces.edu

Tuscaloosa County Extension Office

Angel Wallace
Office: (205) 349-4630
Email: adw0067@aces.edu


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