About SNAP-Ed Classes

Class Recruitment

Professional staff are responsible for class recruitment.  Organizational leaders must sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) for SNAP-Ed collaboration.  The collaborating organization may require a high-level authority’s signature (e.g., a school district superintendent, a State Agency head, etc.), or a site level signature (e.g., a church pastor, a senior center’s Director, etc.).  For class series, once a MOU is signed the professional staff member should complete a Participating Partner Agreement (PPA).  This agreement documents specific class logistics (e.g., who will be teaching the class(es), what the dates and times for classes will be, etc.).  The PPA must be signed by the SNAP-Ed professional and the site supervisors/collaborators at the actual teaching sites.

Adult Classes

NJ SNAP-Ed adult direct education class series’ typically consist of 6 or more classes that are conducted over a period of 6 or more weeks, with groups where 50% or more of the class participants are SNAP benefit eligible.  Class series’ lesson plans are developed using a process that employs adult learning theory to ensure unique lesson planning for each adult class according to participants’ identified needs and desires.  Lessons are drawn from among NJ SNAP-Ed practice-based, adult nutrition lessons and supplemented by lesson from other states, as needed.  Classes are evaluated pre- and post-education using a survey adaptation of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Youth Classes

NJ SNAP-Ed youth direct education class series’ typically consist of 6 or more classes that are conducted over a period of 6 or more weeks, with groups of youth that draw from schools where 50% or more of the student population receive free or reduced-price lunches.  Class series’ lesson plans are developed based on the desires of the classroom teacher or using curricula that have been designed to address nutrition issues of youth according to their age groups.  Lessons are drawn from among NJ SNAP-Ed practice-based, youth curricula or practice based lessons from other states.  Classes are evaluated pre- and post-education using the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) youth surveys.