Nutrition in the Pantry — Illinois SNAP-Ed


The SNAP-Ed program in Macon County, Illinois was highlighted in a newspaper article for the work that they are currently doing in the area food pantries.  To view the article, visit: 


Note:  You will need to answer the question on the left hand side of the screen to view the full article the first time.  

Food Safety from Garden and Farm to Preschool

The University of Massachusetts, Department of Nutrition and the University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension have developed a free, online, interactive food safety program for Farm to Early Childcare programs.

Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool Training Program is available online at This free, self-paced program was created to help early childcare educators, foodservice staff, volunteers and parents understand the importance of reducing the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children. The program includes five units:

Farm to Preschool Benefits

Fresh Produce and Foodborne Illness Risks

Food Safety Basics for the Classroom and the Kitchen

Food Safety and Gardening Activities

Food Safety on Field Trips to Farms and Farmers’ Market.

Printable resources such as Best Practices Planning Tools, resources, and Certificates of Completion are available and may be able to be used towards Professional Development requirements. For more information on the program and to get started, visit or contact Cathy Wickham at

National Nutrition Certification Program


Utah State University Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program highlights 4 areas focusing on improving the lives of the individuals and families they reach.  Through public values research Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) is able to indicate that SNAP-Ed improves education, health, local agriculture and lives of those they reach. 

National Nutrition Certification Program (NNCP) is a nationally recognized free nutrition certification program designed for nutrition educators.  The program is available through Utah State University’s SNAP-Ed program as a resource to improve the knowledge and skills of nutrition educators across the country.  See the NNCP brochure here

To learn more about the National Nutrition Certification Program or to enroll, please contact: 




Best Practices in Nutrition Education


Colorado State University has released a Best Practices in Nutrition Education document.  This document seeks to promote consistency and efficacy in program planning, implementation and evaluation.  Twenty-eight best practices within five domains were identified: program delivery, program design, educator characteristics, educator training and evaluation.

To view the entire document, please visit here.  




Community Nutrition Education Information Page

The Community Nutrition Education Professional Community of Practice will keep implementers at Land-Grant Institutions informed on the fast-paced and nuanced rules, regulations and complexities of SNAP-Ed; provide a vehicle for mentoring and professional development and function as a collaboration tool to continue to evolve, strengthen, and sustain SNAP-Ed within the LGU system.  While serving as a repository of materials the site will also facilitate internal communication within the system as it relates to Community Nutrition Education, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed).

Community Nutrition Education In This Resource

Our experts have come together to provide research based information to support low-income nutrition education. 

 Community Nutrition Education Contact Information Get Answers to your Low-Income Nutrition Education Programs Questions by Asking an Expert