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Washington State Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2024-2026 Three-Year Plan

Washington State Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2024-2026 Three-Year Plan

Washington State SNAP-Ed FFY 2024-2026 State Plan Summary

In October 2023, SNAP-Ed began implementing a new 3-year state plan. This plan will run from October 2023 through September 2026, with updates made annually to provide more detail on programming and progress. The state plan is required and approved by FNS and includes our guiding principles, goals and objectives, and state-level priorities. The official plan is submitted to FNS through an online portal called NPEARS, but DSHS has created a summary to share with providers and SNAP-Ed partners:

Summary of the Washington State SNAP-Ed FFY 2024-2026 State Plan

The FFY 2024-2026 plan was developed based on feedback from SNAP-Ed providers during listening sessions held in the spring of 2023 and at the 2023 Statewide SNAP-Ed Forum.

Below are some resources from these sessions, including the slides that were used to present some of the information. More resources will be posted shortly.

Planning Process

Both SNAP-Ed providers and state programs (Implementing Agencies, Evaluation, CTW and DSHS) are required to submit an updated plan every year. For SNAP-Ed providers, workplans and budgets are requested in June for the following federal fiscal year (which begins October 1). Implementing Agency, Evaluation and CTW plans are due in July, and the final state plan in August. Starting in the spring, Implementing Agencies will begin sharing funding allocations, workplan and budget templates that SNAP-Ed providers can use to update their plans. Reach out to your Implementing Agency with any questions.

At the start of a 3-year plan, SNAP-Ed providers may expect changes to state goals, objectives and priorities. In interim years (FFY 2025 and FFY 2026), changes are typically small and don’t greatly impact SNAP-Ed provider plans, unless broader changes are requested by FNS or major issues are identified that require adjustment.

Programming Guidance

The SNAP-Ed Connection Website, which contains a collection of evidence-based interventions used in SNAP-Ed across the country, is a great starting place for finding best practices for improving healthy eating and active living.

SNAP-Ed is a federally-funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, and all programming must follow the FFY24 SNAP-Ed Guidance (pdf). Your Implementing Agency can answer questions about complying with the Guidance.


The timeline below shows a rough outline of the process of writing the FFY24-26 plan.

• Mid-January 2023: Washington SNAP-Ed Leadership Team meets with a facilitator to develop implementation structure and identify priorities for FY24-26 State Plan
• October 2022-March 2023: SNAP-Ed Evaluation Team collects population data, conducts interviews and surveys to complete Statewide Needs Assessment
• February 2023: SNAP-Ed Forum Planning Committee meetings commence
• April 11-13, 2023: SNAP-Ed Statewide Planning Forum


The timeline below shows where we are in the process of writing the FFY24-26 plan. Light blue indicates the step is complete. Dark blue indicates the step we are currently on and a gray step has not been started.

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Step One: Statewide Needs Assessment

The WA SNAP-Ed Evaluation Team conducted a statewide needs assessment to inform the FFY24–26 State Plan. The WA SNAP-Ed Evaluation Team completed this Needs Assessment.

Step Two: Identify Guiding Principles, Priorities, and Goals

Guided by the needs assessment and provider input, the SNAP-Ed Leadership Team, which consists of DSHS, Implementing Agencies, and statewide initiatives developed Guiding Principles, which represent core values that SNAP-Ed will aim to meet in its programming across three-year plans, and from those Priorities and Goals for the next three years. The Priorities represent core themes to ensure programming is consistent with the guiding principles and works to achieve the FFY23 statewide goals. This new step in the development in the three-year planning process is meant to lead to a plan that is more cohesive and collaborative at the state level, while leaving opportunities for providers to tailor strategies to meet regional and local needs. The Guiding Principles, Priorities, and Goals (.pdf) were completed on January 31.

Step Three: Develop Regional Plans

Implementing Agencies have different directions for providers to develop their three-year plans. From January­ until late spring (please check with your IA for the due date to submit your plan), providers will develop their state plans for the next three years.

Step Four: Submit Plan to Implementing Agency

Please check with your Implementing Agency for the final due date to submit your plan.

Step Five: Implementing Agencies Submit Plans to DSHS

Implementing Agencies are required to submit their plans to DSHS on July 1, 2020.

Step Six: DSHS Submits Plan to USDA Food and Nutrition Service

DSHS will submit the full FFY21-23 State Plan to FNS in August for review and approval. DSHS may receive questions from FNS on the state plan, and may seek clarification from Implementing Agencies and/or providers.

Step Seven: FFY21 Begins

Starting October 1, 2020, work on the FFY21-23 State Plan begins, pending approval from FNS.

Resources for Writing FFY24-26 Three Year Plan

Washington State SNAP-Ed Guidance

SNAP-Ed Planning Materials from USDA and FNS