- Department of Transitional Assistance
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates 30 Years of SNAP Nutrition Education, Releases $7.4 Million Opportunity for Vendors to Participate in Program
Alana Davidson, Director of Communications
Boston — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Nutrition Education Program, known as SNAP-Ed. SNAP-Ed is a federally-funded grant program 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.
Today the Baker-Polito Administration opened a Request for Responses (RFR) to procure new vendors for the Commonwealth’s SNAP-Ed program, which is administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). This is the first time in 10 years vendors can apply to participate in the grant program, with $7.4 million of federal funds currently available. Eligible vendors include community-based organizations (CBO’s), non-profit agencies, land grant universities and state agencies. Applications can be submitted through July 13, 2022. Learn more on COMMBUYS, the procurement record system for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity and shined a light on the impacts of diet-related chronic diseases and nutrition and health inequities,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Taking an intentional approach to bring on new SNAP-Ed vendors who can support SNAP clients with disabilities and serve areas with existing food access barriers will further strengthen the Commonwealth’s effort to support equitable access to nutritious food, reduce chronic disease, and promote health and well-being.”
“The past 30 years have highlighted the importance of SNAP-Ed in providing 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. “This RFR builds on the approach the Administration has used to enroll new Healthy Incentives Program farm vendors and restaurants/food trucks for the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program that strengths food security and promotes a just food system and thriving local communities.”
Applicants for the RFR will be 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 will be strongly considered. Further, vendors will be evaluated on their ability to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention services using a multi-sector approach, as well as their capability to implement policy systems and environmental change efforts, evaluate interventions using validated tools and instruments, and prioritize culturally appropriate programs for diverse target audiences and communities through a needs assessment.