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Adult Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP)

The Issue

The Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) is the largest of the federal safety net programs and first line defenses against hunger. Unfortunately, not all who are eligible and can benefit from this program are enrolled. Additionally, even with financial assistance, many families are unable to effectively use this resource to provide healthy diets for their families.

In Placer County in 1997, there were 17,812 low-income residents. Of these, 7,412 received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance and 9,173 received food stamp assistance.

What Has ANR Done?

UCCE's Adult Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) educates these consumers on healthy food choices, wise food purchasing, and safe and proper food handling and preparation. Programs are delivered through educational classes, mini-workshops and correspondence courses. A monthly newsletter, Foodlines, is delivered with the food stamps to each Placer County food stamp recipient. A Foodlines for Professionals newsletter is distributed monthly to agencies and organizations that work with food stamp-eligible families and individuals.

Over 1,700 individuals received the Adult Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) over the past three years. A total of 82,800 Foodlines newsletters were distributed to food stamp recipients. Strong relationships were established with other agencies in support of these nutrition education efforts. One television segment was presented on 'Good Day Sacramento.'

The Payoff

Low income families report improved diets

Low income families have improved their diets, increased the variety of food choices, improved their food preparation, budgeting, and meal planning skills and improved their knowledge of safe food handling practices. Success in this program has contributed to funding for two other Placer County Nutrition Education projects that serve families with children 0-5 years of age.


Supporting Unit: Placer-Nevada Counties

Sharon K. Junge, County Director
11477 E Ave
Auburn, CA 95603