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Food Stamp Nutrition Education

Food Stamp Nutrition Education is a Federal-State program with the goal of improving the likelihood that persons enrolled in and eligible for the Food Stamp Program will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current USDA dietary guidelines.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • There are no standardized performance measures across State programs to gauge progress. The scope of nutrition education efforts varies widely, making it difficult to establish meaningful outcome measures to capture the program's progress. While States collect some data on participation, the data collected is limited and ambiguous and varies across programs.
  • The program's mission and goals are not clearly established in statute or regulation. The program relies on guidance to establish program policies. While nutrition education is clearly intended to contribute to advancing the program's purpose, the Food Stamp legislation and regulations are silent on the specific goals of nutrition education.
  • It is unclear if funds are spent effectively to increase participation and improve nutrition-related behaviors. The program grew from $660,000 in 1992 to over $147 million in 2002. This rapid growth, coupled with the program's unlimited matching source of funding, lends itself to greater oversight.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing efficiency measures to assess program effectiveness related to its goals.
  • Developing a plan to increase the use of evidence-based food and nutrition education initiatives across States.
  • Seeking legislation to make nutrition education a component of the Food Stamp Program and developing a plan to publicize regulations.

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