Home & Family
This is an excerpt from FY20 SNAP-Ed Annual Report, FCS-2469.
SNAP-Ed educators helped food pantries offer more healthy options to their clients by connecting pantries with school and community gardens and other donation sources.
To help ensure healthy items were accepted by clients, SNAP-Ed educators promoted new or unfamiliar foods through recipe demonstrations, sample tastings, and nutrition education helping 9,809 food pantry clients per month enjoy nutritious meals during times of need.
SNAP-Ed educators partnered with 10 local food stores to encourage shoppers to make healthier purchases through in-store recipe demonstrations, sample tastings, and educational activities. SNAP-Ed educators also worked with store owners to suggest enhancements to product offerings and store layouts and to display promotional signs. Together, these efforts directed more than 2,140 shoppers per day toward healthier food and beverages.
SNAP-Ed educators helped farmers increase sales of fresh produce by conducting recipe demonstrations, sample tastings, and nutrition education encouraging 3,399 customers per market day to purchase and eat more locally grown fruits and vegetables.
SNAP-Ed educators partnered with local farmers and community organizations to make farmers market produce more accessible to people with limited resources through the promotion of SNAP EBT payment, coupon programs, and improvements in days and hours of operation.
SNAP-Ed educators supported establishment, reinvigoration, or sustainability of 28 school and community gardens making fresh vegetables available to almost 6,830 Alabama residents. SNAP-Ed educators played a vital role in connecting community organizations so that garden harvests were distributed to places such as food pantries, soup kitchens, school cafeterias, or summer feeding sites serving those who need it most.
SNAP-Ed educators and community garden volunteers weighed produce and determined a total harvest weight from gardens and gleaned excess produce from farmers. In FY20, gardens supported by SNAP-Ed produced more than 7,820 pounds of produce valued at $12,707. This equated to 35,929 servings of vegetables — enough vegetables for 14,371 adults to meet the USDA daily recommendations.
Parks and Recreation Centers
SNAP-Ed educators promoted physical activity in many ways. These included incorporating active games and movement breaks into nutrition education, supporting walk- and bike-to-school efforts, initiating community walking groups, providing education at community recreation events, and displaying promotional signs and mile markers at parks, trails, and recreation centers serving more than 3,400 Alabamians every day.
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