Plumas County SNAP Ed
The purpose of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is to provide support through education, policies, systems and environmental change for all persons who are utilizing or are eligible in for SNAP/EBT assistance to lead healthier lives through the choices they make in regards to food, beverages, and physical activity. Currently, there are five local objectives for the SNAP-Ed in Plumas County, all of which have been developed using the results of various community needs assessments. The goals of these objectives include: increasing consumption of healthy foods and beverages and decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages; increasing physical activity, improving food resource management, increasing access to and/or appeal of healthy dietary choices and decreasing access to and/or appeal of unhealthy dietary choices where people live, learn, work, play and shop; increasing access to and/or appeal of physical activity opportunities for SNAP-Ed eligible populations.
Plumas County's SNAP-Ed Program has leveraged multiple partnerships to reach these goals. Plumas Unified School District and Plumas Charter School have participated in trainings, created staff positions, and instituted curriculum to increase garden education in the classroom through LifeLab's "Plant It, Grow It, Eat It" and "Grow It, Try It, Like It" curriculum, and provide non-competitive games and activities to increase physical activity through Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health (CATCH). SNAP-Ed has provided playground stencils, paint and equipment to schools to increase opportunities for physical activity and play. Community service/resilience programs, such as local resource centers, Girls Rite, Roundhouse Council, etc., have brought clients together to participate in our nutrition, cooking, and physical activity education programs. Local merchants like Leonard's and Young's Market have partnered with SNAP-Ed in a pilot project to become the first Shop Healthy Here retailers in California, promoting healthy food and options in their stores. SNAP-Ed has also worked with the Free Summer Meal Program provided by Plumas Unified School District to encourage parents and children to continue physical activity in the summers by providing weekly activities. Other partnerships, such as with preschools and emergency food distribution sites, are providing more opportunities for our education and programs.