SNAP-Ed’s Impact in Vermont

SNAP-Ed’s Impact in Vermont

Put simply, SNAP-Ed’s goal is to help Vermont families live healthy, active lives. This work wouldn’t be possible without our grantees who use SNAP-Ed funding to create welcoming, inclusive spaces for families to feel empowered to embrace healthy eating and physical activity.

Meet our grantees

Vermont Foodbank

As the state’s largest hunger relief organization, The Vermont Foodbank works with partners to provide nourishing food to Vermonters in need. Food is distributed at food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, schools, hospitals, and other community sites.

Specifically, the Vermont Foodbank:

  • Directs Vermonters to food access resources such as 3SquaresVT, WIC, 2-1-1, school meal sites, and more
  • Collaborates with statewide volunteers to collect, organize, and distribute food
  • Advocates at the state and federal level to get funding to run programs

How SNAP-Ed Funding is Used

SNAP-Ed supports the following Vermont Foodbank initiatives:

  • Veggie Van Go: Free, fresh produce is delivered to schools and healthcare facilities across the state via a mobile food shelf. Nutrition education, food samples, and cooking demos help people take home the skills to eat healthier.
  • VT Fresh: Funding has helped the Vermont Foodbank make improvements at its food shelves, including the creation of colorful signage and displays to encourage people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet.

Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is an education and advocacy organization with the mission to end the injustices of hunger and malnutrition among all Vermonters via:

  • Advocating for a strong and stable food access safety net
  • Sharing nutrition education that empowers people to make healthy food choices
  • Reducing barriers to hunger and malnutrition at all levels
  • Running Hunger Councils across the state, where community members can advocate for more resources

How SNAP-Ed Funding is Used

Hunger Free Vermont runs the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care  (NAP SACC) program which helps childcare centers improve policies and environments to support young children in getting healthy food and physical activity.

Come Alive Outside

A Rutland-based non-profit, Come Alive Outside inspires communities to create awareness, intention, and access for residents to be more active outside their homes. Their programs and events are designed to show Vermonters how enjoyable getting out and getting active can be.

How SNAP-Ed Funding is Used

SNAP-Ed helps fund the organization’s Summer and Winter Passport Programs, which encourage children and families to be physically active throughout the year. Participants are given incentives to stay active and a “passport” to track physical activity.

Vermont Garden Network

The Vermont Garden Network’s mission is to help people of all ages feel empowered and prepared to grow food, build confidence, and connect with each other. They achieve this through:

  • Teaching people how to start and maintain gardens
  • Training and connecting garden leaders to keep gardens active
  • Providing gardening and nutrition education to adults and children
  • Advocating for community gardens and other gardening projects

How SNAP-Ed Funding is Used

Also called the Veducator, the Vermont Garden Network’s mobile classroom is a van stocked with a kitchenette, collapsible tables and benches, gardening tools and equipment, and free seeds. With these resources, staff go directly to families and communities to help them grow and maintain gardens. They also provide educational resources and workshops on ways to grow, harvest, prepare, and store food from the garden.

UVM Extension – Community Nutrition Education Program

University of Vermont’s Cooperative Extension Community Nutrition Education Program implements the national Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). EFNEP offers free, hands-on nutrition education for income-eligible parents and caregivers, teens and children. At the highest level, this program strives to combat hunger, malnutrition, obesity, and poverty through one-on-one education. SNAP-Ed compliments these efforts by allowing Extension to reach a broader audience.

How SNAP-Ed Funding is Used

The Families Eating Smart Moving More curriculum provides online lessons and in-person cooking activities. This program teaches evidence-based nutrition principles—like shopping with a grocery list, using ingredient labels to make food choices, making half your plate fruits and vegetables, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, and being active and reducing sedentary behaviors—as part of a healthy lifestyle.