DATES TO REMEMBER
- DOH IA Quarter 3 Due Dates – Available on the WA SNAP-Ed Providers website on each region’s page for Region 2, 4, and 5.
DOH IA UPDATE
Thank you very much to each DOH SNAP-Ed local agency who participated in our FFY19 state management evaluation from DSHS. The ME took place from April 23rd – May 3rd this year. It was a pleasure to show the State SNAP-Ed Program Manager a selection of the amazing SNAP-Ed programs that happen around regions 2, 4 and 5. Our sincerest thanks for this year goes out to the SNAP-Ed agencies and their partners who hosted us:
- Multicare Health Outcomes Project (HOP) and YMCA Lakewood – Region 4
- Public Health Seattle King County – Region 4
- Whitman Community Action Center – Region 2
- Benton-Franklin WSU Extension and Connell Elementary – Region 2
- Kittitas Public Health Department and FISH Community Food Bank – Region 2
- Kitsap Public Health Department – Region 5
- Clark WSU Extension, Orchards Elementary, and Endeavor Elementary – Region 5
- Thurston County Food Bank and Lacey Senior Center – Region 5
We’re happy to share some photos of the visits!
CURRICULUM & TRAINING TEAM UPDATES
Breaking News!! Systems Approaches to Healthy Communities
A decision has been made to extend our Washington SNAP-Ed subscription for Systems Approaches to Healthy Communities. Any providers who have taken the training will have continued access to the program and all the tools/resources that l with it. We had many people tell us they wanted to access the program beyond April 1 and some said they wanted to re-take several of the modules. New SNAP-Ed staff can also take the training and we encourage everyone involved in the Washington SNAP-Ed program to register. Information on how to access the program can be found here: https://wasnap-ed.org/curriculum/policies-systems-environment/
Updates to WA SNAP-Ed Providers Website
See updates for program providers on the wasnap-ed.org website. You will see a new web page that shows the logos for all providers in each region and links to the provider’s website: https://wasnap-ed.org/connections/regional-program-providers/. The local provider logos also appear on the five regional pages. We are missing a few logos and will update those as soon as they are available. Please check the links for your program and contact Maggie Grate (Maggie.email@example.com) or Lesa McPeak (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there any changes that need to be made.
WEBINARS + TRAINING
Curriculum Team Friday Forum – May 24 @ 9:30 am. Farmers Markets and Increasing Access to Locally Grown Food. Find information for this and other WA SNAP-Ed PSE Friday Forums on the WA SNAP-Ed Providers website.
Discussion will cover activities to support promotion of SNAP, SFMNP and other FMNP benefits as well as incentive programs, Assisting Farm Stands and smaller markets with eligibility for SNAP and other benefits, Partnering with local WIC providers on WIC distribution days, and Engaging kids and families at the market.
Regional snapshots from the evaluation team are available! They use FFY 2018 data, and were designed to have a consistent look with the surveys that the evaluation team is currently pilot testing. Regional snapshots are available at http://wasnap-ed.org/evaluation/.
WA DOH – Health Systems Quality Assurance – Health Services Consultant 2 – Closes 5/6/19
GRANTS + FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- AHA Innovation Challenge: Due May 24 – This year’s AHA challenge is focused on finding new ways to use technology to address social determinants and connecting people with proper resources that meet community health needs.
- Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative): Due May 31 – The YES Initiative seeks to identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition via increased sports participation. YES Initiative applicants should propose to address unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors among racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged youth (including, specifically girls), and provide opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. Applicants should have capacity to develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidenced-based strategies for youth engagement.
Interesting in these or other funding opportunities? Please feel free to contact your DOH IA regional lead for technical assistance on grant applications.
Many thanks to Washington state’s Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition for the following legislative updates
The Fruit & Vegetable SNAP Incentive Program HB 1587 bill passed the House by a vote of 82-14 and the House budget includes $2.5 million for SNAP incentives. The Senate budget did not have funding for this bill. Fortunately, it did pass the Ways & Means committee with a bipartisan vote before fiscal cut-off. For 4 years, 68 health clinics, 90 farmers markets, and 130 grocery stores have collaborated with DOH on an innovative federally-funded pilot to increase access to fruits & vegetables for low-income people. State funds will sustain this program, draw down $450,000 in private foundation support, and leverage state funds in newly-released federal grant RFP.
HB 1893 – Access to SNAP and Emergency Need Grants for College Students
$1.5 million for emergency grants for low income students and to DSHS to implement SNAP eligibility changes. This bill is a BIG step forward to ensure that low-income college students have better access to SNAP and help our state’s colleges and universities become places students and others can use SNAP benefits. The bill also provides funds for emergency grants to struggling students. Even better: these funds also can be used as match for federal SNAP/Basic Food Education & Training (aka BFET) funds to support access to job training at community & technical colleges for SNAP recipients.
Adequate Time for Lunch HB 1272 – $126,000 to fund study with 6 elementary schools and OSPI failed at the very last minute, but the study in the bill was funded in the budget! Now diverse elementary schools will work with each other and OSPI to figure out the right policies and procedures needed for schools to ensure students to have enough time to eat a nutritious lunch, and create a new model policy for our state.
Sustainability of WSDA’s Regional Markets / Farm to School Program: $500,000 ongoing. For the first time since 2011, WA State Dept. of Agriculture now has enough ongoing state funding for their Regional Markets team to maintain current staff and have the stability to plan for the future – allowing those connections with growers and institutions to grow into the future.
NEWS + ARTICLES
May is Older Americans Month and the theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute”. This theme encourages older adults to connect with friends, family, and services that support participation, create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment, and contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. For promotional materials, social media messaging, activity ideas and other resources, please visit the Older Americans Month webpage.
USDA has launched the SNAP online purchasing pilot, which allows select retail food stores to accept SNAP benefits through online transactions. The pilot will test both online ordering and payment, and assess customer service and integrity. Amazon, Walmart, and ShopRite will participate in the initial launch in New York. USDA believes that all SNAP recipients, particularly vulnerable populations like homebound elderly and disabled, should have the opportunity to shop for food online like all Americans.