Food education? It’s as easy as SNAP

Stefanie Smirl and Cristina Rueda, Nutrition Educators from the K-State Extension District, stopped by the studio to talk to KOAM’s Tawnya Bach about food education. But what does food education mean? For these two nutrition educators, it’s a two-fold education: EFNEP and SNAP.

Christina teaches the EFNEP, or Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. This program teaches about buying food on a budget, planning nutritious and quick meals, preparing recipes, MyPlate, food safety, and breastfeeding. These classes are free for those who have WIC, Head Start, free or reduced lunch, and SNAP.

And speaking of SNAP…Stefanie Smirl teaches SNAP-Ed, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education. These classes cover lessons about MyPlate, budgeting, goal setting, meal planning, and physical activity. Her classes are free for those who qualify for SNAP benefits, or schools that qualify for free and reduced lunches. These classes are available for 3rd through 5th grade, and high school through the end of life.

If you’d like more information about either of these classes, click here to go to K-State Research and Extension District.

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