SNAP-Ed works to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guidance System, MyPlate. Our goal is to create healthier communities through evidence-based interventions focusing on healthier eating habits and physically active lifestyles.  We promote healthy lifestyles, especially among at-risk groups, who are most at risk for chronic disease.  For qualifying locations, all age groups in the community can be included. SNAP-Ed initiatives are funded by the USDA’s FNS through a partnership with the Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI). 

Day Cares & Schools:

Parents, Faculty & Staff
  • Introducing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes
  • Technical Assistance
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Cooking Demonstrations or classes
  • Take Home Activities
  • Implementing Healthier Habits with kids
  • Food and Kitchen Safety
Elementary-Aged Children

Direct education with students may include topics such as:

  • Learning the Food Groups
  • Eating a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Reducing Screen Time & Increasing
  • Physical Activity
  • Choosing low-fat or non-fat Dairy
  • Limiting Sugar and Salt
  • Joining the “Two Bite” Club
  • Learning the difference between “anytime” and “sometimes” foods
  • Making food fun
  • Increasing Physical Activity through play
  • Growing your Colors (gardening)
  • Proper Hand Washing
  • Choosing and Making Healthy Snacks

Series are typically 6-8 weeks at 20-50 mins/class

Teens & Adults

Programs for teenagers and adults provide instructions on budget-friendly shopping, eating smarter, and living active lifestyles. The professional-level curricula stresses the importance of both nutrition and exercise for a healthy life and empowers participants with practical skills for both. Clemson SNAP-Ed has the flexibility to customize classes with a focus on either nutrition or physical activity to better serve the needs of our partners.

We often partner with:

  • Businesses
  • Residential Shelters
  • Food Pantries/Banks
  • Community Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • Local Retail or Food Stores

Community Outreach

  • Faith-based Centers
  • Community Non-Profit Organizations
  • Farmers Markets
  • Community Outreach Events
  • Multicultural Programs

Clemson SNAP-Ed extends to non-profit organizations, outreach events, and farmers markets.  Cooking demonstrations, taste-tests, and nutrition information are provided at these locations in order to improve healthy food and lifestyle choices that prevent obesity.