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Tips for Success in the 2015 SNAP-Ed Plan. Food and Nutrition Service June 2 nd , 2014 Seattle, Washington Andrew Riesenberg, Western Star Morrison, Mountain Plains Nancy Ranieri, Midwest. Goals. Discuss expectations for 2015 SNAP-Ed Plan submissions.

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Tips for success in the 2015 snap ed plan

Tips for Success in the 2015 SNAP-Ed Plan

Food and Nutrition Service

June 2nd, 2014

Seattle, Washington

Andrew Riesenberg, Western

Star Morrison, Mountain Plains

Nancy Ranieri, Midwest


Discuss expectations for 2015 SNAP-Ed Plan submissions.

Discuss how public health approaches can enhance nutrition education.

New in the 2015 snap ed guidance
New in the 2015 SNAP-Ed Guidance

Nutrition education and obesity prevention approaches
Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Approaches

Individual or group-based nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies

Comprehensive, multi-level interventions at multiple complementary organizational institutional levels

Community and public health approaches to improve nutrition

Community and public health
Community and Public Health

Efforts that affect a large segment of the population rather than targeting the individual or small group.

Dietary Guidelines, smaller portion size, fewer sugary drinks, and reducing sodium are examples of public health approaches.

Coordination and collaboration
Coordination and Collaboration

  • States should coordinate other federally funded nutrition education and obesity prevention programs

  • A written agreement should be kept on file

  • Examples

    • Smarter lunch rooms as part of school wellness policies

    • State Nutrition Action Coalitions (SNACs)

Definition of pse
Definition of PSE

Policy: A written statement of an organizational position, decision, or course of action.

Systems: unwritten, ongoing, organization decisions or changes that result in new activities reaching large proportions of people the organization serves.

Environmental Change: Includes the built or physical environments which are visual/observable, but may include economic, social, normative or message environments.

Implementing pse s and the role of snap ed
Implementing PSE’sand the Role of SNAP-Ed

SNAP-Ed providers can implement community and public health approaches that affect a large segment of the population rather than solely targeting the individual or small group.

Provide consultation and technical assistance to create PSE changes that ultimately benefit low-income households and communities.

Pse s

PSE’s are more effective when paired with individual, group, and community-based strategies.

Changes should not be standalone and must support educational or marketing strategies used in SNAP-Ed.

Financial cost policies allowable costs
Financial & Cost Policiesallowable costs

Compensation for State level staff to plan, oversee, and/or monitor the use of SNAP-Ed funds.

Point-of-purchase or point-of-decision making signage that promotes healthy food choices or physical activity

Resource kits with strategies for PSE’s.

Preparing data reports and sharing of information.

Conducting environmental scans or assessments of the food activity environments where nutrition education is provided.

Financial cost policies unallowable costs
Financial & Cost Policiesunallowable costs

Costs associated with infrastructure, construction, or other capital improvements to retail stores, sidewalks, trails, bicycle paths, or dining facilities.

Financial incentives to community partners or retailers to support environmental or policy changes.

Salaries, license or permit fees for retail store staff, farmers market managers, or food service workers for service operations

Costs associated with refrigeration units in grocery or convenience stores.

The snap ed plan
The SNAP-Ed Plan

  • States must use project templates that reflect the Guidance

  • Multi-year plans

  • Targeting

    • Must use relevant sources

    • Alternative methodologies are allowed

      • It must describe reasonable methodologies the State will use to determine the proportion of the low-income target audience that may be reached

Snap ed plan requirements
SNAP-Ed Plan Requirements

Identify methods the State will use to notify applicants, participants, and eligible individuals to the maximum extent possible, about the availability of SNAP-Ed activities in local communities.

What makes a plan easy to read
What Makes A Plan Easy To Read

Cover letter that clearly states the amount of funds requested

Consistency/logical flow of information

Show FNS what has changed from FY 14

Logical flow of materials

SMART Objectives

Budget for appropriate activities

Additions to project templates
Additions to Project Templates



Food and Activity Environments

Project Description and Educational Strategies

Evidence Base

Environmental Supports


  • Examples:

    • Staff: Description of job duties is tied to specific accomplishments within the project.

    • Travel: include mileage, # of staff, how many days, per diem, lodging, how attendance will benefit.

    • Supplies: include items, price, and quantity.