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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces SNAP Nutrition Education Vendors

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  • Department of Transitional Assistance

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces SNAP Nutrition Education Vendors

Alana Davidson, Director of Communications

BostonToday the Baker-Polito Administration announced the four organizations that have been selected as the Commonwealth’s new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed) vendors: Ascentria Care Alliance, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program, and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

SNAP-Ed is a federally funded grant program, administered in Massachusetts by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), that provides evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to promote healthy food choices and physical activity consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

“The recent White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health affirmed what we already knew to be true – reducing hunger is not enough, we must also work to address the underlying systems and structures that lead to food insecurity. SNAP-Ed is an important tool in this critical work,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Taking an intentional approach to bring on new SNAP-Ed vendors, in addition to initiatives including Universal School Meals, the Healthy Incentives Program, the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, and the new MassHealth 1115 Waiver, Massachusetts continues to be a leader in providing innovative solutions to hunger, and health and nutrition inequities.”

“SNAP-Ed provides low-income individuals and families with access to cooking classes, recipes, tips for shopping on a budget and more. The program also plays an important role in moving nutrition and public health related policy, system, and environmental changes forward,” said Department of Transitional Assistance Acting Commissioner Mary Sheehan. “I look forward to working with our new and returning SNAP-Ed vendors to strengthen equitable access to food, promote health and well-being, and support a more just food system.”

Applicants for the SNAP-Ed Request for Responses were evaluated on a multitude of criteria, including their ability to support geographic areas that have food access barriers and communities where food insecurity and rates of chronic disease have historically been disproportionately high. Vendors who can reach SNAP clients with disabilities were strongly considered. Further, vendors were evaluated on their ability to implement policy systems and environmental change efforts and prioritize culturally appropriate programs for diverse target audiences and communities.

“UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program is pleased to be selected as an awardee. We look forward to our continued partnership with DTA as an Implementing Agency,” said Tracie Gillespie,

Interim UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program Director. “We are excited to be part of this important national priority and consider it an honor to provide SNAP-Ed nutrition education programs which ‘make the healthy choice the easy choice’ for Massachusetts residents.”

“The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is thrilled to partner with DTA to be able to continue to provide nutrition education programming to our neighbors in need. We have a long-standing SNAP outreach partnership with DTA, so we are very pleased to be able to expand that partnership into this new area,” said Christina Maxwell, Director of Programs at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

"We are excited to work with our more than 45 partners in the city of Boston and new Ys across the Commonwealth to provide much needed resources to combat food insecurity," said James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. "This new partnership with the Department of Transitional Assistance will allow the Y help improve community health by sharing Nutrition Educational Resources with the people we serve."


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces SNAP Nutrition Education Vendors

Department of Transitional Assistance 

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in seven residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.