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Friday Forums

Friday Forums


Policy, systems and environmental change is a way of modifying the environment to make healthy choices practical and available to all community members. By changing policies and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. By changing policies, systems and/or environments, communities can help tackle health issues like diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

The CTW Team is excited to host Friday Forums: a series of interactive video conference calls to discuss successes and challenges with PSE work. Many of you have let us know you want to hear from other SNAP-Ed LIAs about PSE strategies being used in local communities. These calls will provide a place where we can meet new people working in or partnering with SNAP-Ed, ask questions about their work, and continue to build the very best WA SNAP-Ed program possible.

Friday Forums

Below is the list of topics, dates and conference links for the calls.  We would love to hear from you if you have topics to add. Send us an email to: and let us know what you want to talk about on a Friday Forum call.

Each Friday Forum will last one hour. The majority of the time will be one or more speakers offering presentations on their successes and challenges with PSE work. There will be time at the end of each Friday Forum for attendees to ask questions.

All calls start at 9:30 am. There is one link for all FFY23 Friday Forums.

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Dates and Topics

  • October 14, 2022: CTW Tour Through the Two WA SNAP-Ed Websites
  • November 18, 2022: Basic Food Basics
  • December 9, 2022: Nutrient Density Calculations
  • January 14, 2023: Advocacy Update and Preparing for Hunger Action Day
  • February 10, 2023: Meaningful Movement for Communities and Families
  • March 10, 2023: Artful Facilitation of Group Discussions
  • April 14, 2023: USDA Resources
  • May 12, 2023: Foster Care Resources
  • June 9, 2023: Recipe Demo Basics
  • July 14, 2023: Leveraging Community Resources
  • August 11, 2023: Working With Aging Populations
  • September 8, 2023: TBD

FFY2024 Friday Forum Topics and Dates

  • October 13: Food Waste Reduction
  • November 17: Food Retail Access and GIS Mapping
  • December 8: Style Guide for Washington SNAP-Ed
  • January 12: Nutrition Policies in Food Banks and SWAP
  • February 9: Built Environment and Physical Activity including Complete Streets
  • March 8: School Wellness Policies
  • April 12: Team Nutrition Grant
  • May 10: Working with Aging Populations
  • June 14: Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program
  • July 12: Deep Dive into Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Best Practices
  • August 9: Farm to School Grants
  • September 13: Social Marketing and WA SNAP-Ed

Friday Forum Calls FFY 2023

Here are the recordings and attachments from calls held in FFY 2023

CTW Tour Through the Two WA SNAP-Ed Websites

The CTW team drives a tour through both the WA SNAP-Ed Providers site and Live Well site. Important pieces of each page are pointed out and resources are showcased. CTW will continue to make improvements of both websites to make them more accessible and user-friendly.

Note: This Friday Forum was originally scheduled for 10/14/22 and was rescheduled.

Basic Food Basics

Teams from DSHS and Within Reach explain what is and is not allowable within SNAP-Ed as it related to applying for SNAP benefits. Josh, Tara, and Benito share what it means to do SNAP outreach and how SNAP-Ed can partner and coordinate with other agencies doing SNAP outreach.

Food Meal Equivalency Training

Nils Johnson from Rural Resources describes and demonstrates an innovative way to measure food in high volume settings, such as food banks. Rather than taking pure weight of food items, this new tool assesses items by a nutrient score.

Here is the recording:

Here are the PowerPoint slides (containing additional slides that Nils did not present):

Hunger Policy Update

Join Claire Lane and Christina Wong as they share an update on statewide and federal policy issues that impact SNAP-Ed participants.

Here is the recording:

Here are the PowerPoint slides:

WA SNAP-Ed Needs Assessment

The WA SNAP-Ed Evaluation Team provided great information about the WA SNAP-Ed Statewide Needs Assessment process and results!

Here is the Recording:

Jamboard from the presentation:

Presentation Slides:

Feedback Poll:


USDA Resources for SNAP-Ed Participants

The CTW team highlights some USDA programs that the SNAP-eligible audience may also qualify for, in addition to SNAP-Ed. A lively Q&A session followed their quick presentation.

Here is the Recording:

Presentation Slides:

Other Resources:


Resources for Working within the Foster Care System

Sarah Kinnear from Kitsap Public Health District gives an overview of the foster care system in Washington and how SNAP-Ed can play a role. Monica Bhagwan from Leah’s Pantry then shares about a new curriculum designed specifically for this audience.

Resources for Working with Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding

Shevonne Tsegaye from DOH, Katie Smith from YNHS, and Courtney Pinter from MultiCare share about different resources around the state to support lactation. They also offer some ideas for how people in SNAP-Ed can get involved in this work.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Join Steven Strong from DOH and Colleen Donovan from WSFMA in talking about the new change to electronic Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits (E-FMNP).

Here is the recording:

Presentation Slides Coming Soon!

Additional Resources:

  • E-FMNP Help Phone Numbers

Braiding additional funding into SNAP-Ed work through local
purchasing grants

Join our presenters from WSDA and OSPI to hear about how to incorporate additional funding into SNAP-Ed work and learn about some upcoming opportunities!