In cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Extension provides the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). FNP consists of nutrition education delivered by paraprofessional nutrition educators.
Providing education to individuals eligible for any means-tested federal assistance (food stamps, WIC, etc.) to help improve their dietary practices and ability to manage available food resources.
Local FNP programs identify target audiences and deliver, based on local needs, nutritional information to that audience. This process is facilitated by a collaborative partnership of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and agencies and organizations representing the needs of SNAP eligible individuals. Nationally, the focus of SNAP-Ed is:
- health promotion to help people who are eligible to receive SNAP establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle
- to prevent or postpone the onset of chronic disease in SNAP eligibles by establishing more physically active lifestyles and healthier eating habits.
The key behavioral outcomes for Mississippi participants in SNAP-Ed are:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables; eat whole grains; and switch to fat-free or low-fat milk products
- Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life.
The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) in Mississippi is sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).