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The California Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) improves the nutritional health of low-income Californians by providing access to nutrition education, physical-activity education, and leadership toward healthy community initiatives. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), California’s SNAP-Ed oversight agency, operates a robust program through which integrated programs and innovative partnerships maximize resources to Californians across the lifespan. These programs are consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americansand the current United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) SNAP-Ed Guidance.

To deliver expert, evidence-based interventions, CDSS leads and coordinates four State Implementing Agencies (SIA):

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education (UC CalFresh)
  • Catholic Charities of California, Inc. (CCC)
  • California Department of Aging (CDA)

These organizations work together to make information and options for healthy eating and physical activity available to low-income Californians through a network of local health departments (LHDs), educators, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, area agencies on aging, and other local implementers. SNAP-Ed facilitates behaviorally focused, evidence-based nutrition, and physical activity education interventions such as classroom lessons, social marketing campaigns, instructional school gardens, taste testing activities, walk to school events, and school wellness policies.

CDSS oversees, and collaborates with its SIAs to deliver nutrition education interventions to SNAP-Ed-eligible Californians, those with incomes at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Through contractual agreements, each SIA provides nutrition education services to its target population locally, through local implementing agencies (LIAs), and ensures the quality of SNAP-Ed programs and services, aligned with evidence-based and practice based approaches as defined in guidance from the federal funding agency, USDA-FNS.

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Funding Statement
This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.