It’s hard to make healthy food choices on a limited budget.
SNAP-Ed can help.
What is SNAP-Ed?
SNAP-Ed is short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education. This program offers educational classes to teach you how to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. It also shows you how to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle.
SNAP-Ed classes teach behavioral changes such as how to:
- Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Drink fewer sugary beverages and reduce sodium intake
- Increase physical activity levels
- Maintain appropriate nutritional balance at all life stages
Who Can Participate?
Classes are free and open to the public. Zufall Health offers classes in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties. (See below for contact in other regions of NJ.) Call 973-891-3421 to find out if there is a class near you. If there is not a class available in your area, we may be able to help you get one started. Or, we’ll keep your name on a waiting list and let you know when a class is scheduled.
What Cooking Classes are Offered?
Cooking Matters for Kids
- Aimed at third through fifth graders
- Teaches children how to prepare healthy snacks and meals and to make smart eating choices
- Series of 6 classes
Cooking Matters at the Store
- Grocery store tours that empower families to stretch their food budgets
- Skills learned include: reading food labels, comparing unit prices, finding whole grain foods and purchasing produce
- Special version for WIC families
- One session only
Eating Smart, Being Active
- Focus is adults with special lessons available for pregnant women
- Participants learn about physical activity, nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, food prep & safety, and food resource management
- Pregnant women lessons include eating healthy and being active during pregnancy, breastfeeding and introducing solid foods
- Nine lessons of 1-2 hours each
Eat Smart, Live Strong
- Targeted at adults ages 60-74
- Focus on nutrition and physical activity
- Designed for small groups of up to 10 participants
- Four sessions
*Additional curricula to follow as staff are trained on them.
Classes are adapted to each audience including special lessons to meet the needs of children, teens, adults, seniors and pregnant, breast-feeding or new moms. Check back often as more classes will be added soon.
How Can My Organization Host a Class?
If you are an organization that would like to host a class, here’s what you need:
- A minimum of 8 participants (If you don’t have 8, call us to see if we have any participants waiting for a class in your area.)
- A facility with sufficient space with tables and chairs, preferably with a kitchen that can hold 10-15 participants
- At least 50% of your audience must meet SNAP income requirements
- To be eligible for SNAP, a household must have a gross monthly income under $1860 for a single person or under $3793 for a family of 4 (as of October 2017). A chart with all current income levels can be viewed at www.NJSNAP-ED.gov
For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Salt, Program Director
NJ SNAP-Ed Information
SNAP-Ed is an extension of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. To learn more about SNAP-Ed and find healthy recipes or SNAP-Ed classes in your area, visit www.NJSNAP-Ed.gov.
Zufall Health runs the SNAP-Ed program in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties. Contact: Jennifer Salt, Program Director
Community Food Bank of New Jersey offers programs in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, and Union counties. Contact: Sheila Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-540-4800.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers programs in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties. Contact LeeAnn Savoca, email@example.com, 856-224-80133 or contact Joan Healy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 806-989-6286
SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service through the New Jersey Department of Human Services in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH).