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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 09/04/2020

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

All programs received quite a bit of information from us this week, regarding budget and staffing changes, new contracting requirements, and annual reporting.  We are sorry to overwhelm you with information this week!  We wanted to keep those messages separate so that they are easier to track, and digest.  As you digest, please feel free to contact us anytime, with questions or just to chat.

And now, just what you were hoping for – more information!  Wishing you all a restful, joyful 3-day weekend!


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

*Some of these dates have changed recently, please take a look and update your due dates!

  • September 30: All end of year reporting DUE only for LIAs not continuing SNAP-Ed in FY21 (detailed information has been communicated individually)
  • October 1: FFY2021 SNAP-Ed fiscal year start!
  • October 6: Q4 PEARS reporting, including COVID-19 information – DUE in PEARS
  • October 16: Annual Report DUE to IA
  • October 30: All FFY2019 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • October 30: Final FFY2019 invoices DUE to Sponsored Program Services – Please mark “FINAL” on the last invoice!


*NEW* Racism and Equity

Op-Ed from The Hill: Transforming our food culture – a matter of life and death


Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN) Webinar: Exploring Systematic Boundaries that Set Physical Activity Behaviors: The narrative of how systematic racism impacts physical activity in black communities.  September 23, 9am.  Register here.


America Walks webinar: Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths – a conversation with author Angie Schmitt.  September 8, 10am.  Register


Voices for Healthy Kids webinar: Equity Gaps in Latino and Rural Communities in Active Transportation, and Tribal Policy Process.  September 30, 11am.  Register


Health Equity Initiative-  Report and Call to ActionCOVID-19: Emerging Community Needs and Policy Solutions. The report and call to action reflect the discussion from a Community Leaders Forum that was held by Health Equity Initiative in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact among Black, Brown and Indigenous communities – as well as other communities of color and many marginalized and underserved groups – to highlight the experience and insights of community leaders from across the United States. The Call to Action features recommendations for policy solutions that are grounded in the experience of the community leaders who participated in the Forum, and are directed at policymakers, organizational leaders, grant-making organizations, and/or other leaders and organizations across professions and disciplines who can affect much needed change.


Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting 

October 14, 10am

How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food?

Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event; no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register below and then share with a friend! We hope to see you on Oct. 14!  Register Here.



*NEW* September is Food Literacy Month

September is Food Literacy Month! See the message below from Philip Lee at READERS to EATERS:

Governor Inslee made the Proclamation five years ago making September Food Literacy Month. The original sponsors were READERS to EATERS, Washington State Farmers Market Association, Washington Library Association, and many other statewide literacy and food organizations. First Lady Trudi Inslee was our keynote speaker at the kickoff event at the Seattle Public Library. I especially want to highlight these passages:

• WHEREAS, “Food literacy” is defined as the understanding of the impact of food choices on health, community, and environment.

• WHEREAS, The objective of Food Literacy Month is to promote food education, inspire food choices that are good for people and good for the planet, encourage parental involvement, and motivate community wide support;


If you host any food education programs this month, please keep Philip posted and he will be happy to share it along with Food Literacy Month events. If anyone posts a photo of related programs on the Readers to Eaters Facebook page they can also qualify to win a set of their books!



*NEW* Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources

New Interventions Added to SNAP-Ed Toolkit:

The SNAP-Ed Toolkit has added 21 new evidence-based interventions for SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies to explore!

3 peer-experts completed reviews of each intervention to assure alignment with SNAP-Ed goals and evaluation indicators, and to review supporting evidence for intervention effectiveness.

Among them you will find:

  • 6 Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategy interventions
  • 5 Direct Education and Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategy interventions
  • 1 Direct Education and Social Marketing interventions
  • 9 interventions appropriate for healthcare settings
  • 4 interventions appropriate for food pantries
  • And more!

Share how you are using the SNAP-Ed Toolkit by using the hashtag #SNAPEdToolkit on social media!


Upcoming webinar: Safe Routes for Older Adults – Walking, Cycling and Transit

September 30, 2:00 ET / 1:00 CT / 12:00 MT / 11:00 PT (Safe Routes Partnership)



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Population Health Releases
The 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data Set
This data-collection period, BRFSS was active in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Reaching participants on both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collected information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data—including racial- and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS—provide a sound basis for developing and maintaining public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks.


*NEW* Evaluation Updates

Q3 Data:

The evaluation team has analyzed Q3 data and put together a SNAPshot demonstrating how SNAP-Ed adapted to the programming limitations in place due to COVID-19. The SNAPshot is attached and is available on the website.

  • Attached: FFY20 Q3 SNAPShot


*NEW* Curriculum Training and Website Team Updates


Virtual Education Workgroup Updates:

Food Smarts Adult:  Work is ongoing to develop/finalize resources that will be used for the “flipped” model of VE with an option for “live” as well. The group has decided on the recipe videos to use which are coming from Leah’s Pantry.  Slides and script have been provided from staff at Leah’s Pantry.


Food Smarts Youth:  This group is also working on the “live” VE delivery method. Tasks have been divided among the group with people working on those that best fit their interests and skill sets.  Slides and script have been provided from staff at Leah’s pantry.


Read for Health: This curriculum for grades 1-2 Is working on slides that will be used for both the flipped model and the extender model.  They have the challenge of working through the reading/presentation of children’s books.  This group is also working to produce a few recipe videos that are short and easy to understand.  Here is a link to a video done for Banana Crunchos:


Plan, Shop, Save & Cook: This group has four lessons that will be available for the live model.  If time allows, they will also work on the flipped model as well.  We are working to get examples of work done with the CA SNAP-Ed program to help our group “speed” forward.


CATCH: The CATCH Foundation has released four new CATCH lessons that emphasize how to stay healthy during COVID.  They are geared to the 2-5 grades.  These are being considered first so the group can get a short series of lessons ready for the statewide program.  They will then turn their attention to the afterschool lessons.


CHFFF: We have received the first two virtual lessons for CHFFF from the authors at Cornell.  The workgroup is planning to have this series as “live” delivery. There have been a few glitches with some of the video links and the group is working through the problem.  We will share out what we discover as to why some are having trouble loading.


Around the Table: This is a new curriculum for FFY21. It will be interesting to see it debut via virtual delivery. The group is working to create resources for “live” delivery. Staff at Leah’s Pantry has provided slides and scripts.  The workgroup is also reviewing resources from our recent training to help advise them as they get ready for “launch.”


ESBA:  A decision was made to not move forward with virtual delivery of this curriculum.  The authors have created a flipped model of delivery and it is copywritten.  They must be used as recorded and the presentation may not fit well with the direction WA SNAP-Ed is taking for trauma-informed nutrition education. The lesson recordings are long and may not appeal to participants.



Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen