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All About SNAP-Ed

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is nutrition education provided for SNAP participants and other eligible low-income individuals. SNAP-Ed programs focus on nutrition education and obesity prevention. Programs are evidenced-based, and focused on behavior change. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

SNAP-Ed Partners with more than 1,500 organizations in 92 counties in Illinois. In 2014, over 700,000 people participated in SNAP-Ed programming in Illinois. We are the largest community-based nutrition education program for low-income families in the state.


Who Does SNAP-Ed Serve?

SNAP-Ed serves low-income communities, qualifying schools and preschool programs, and qualifying older adults.  The focus of the SNAP-Ed program includes promoting a healthier diet and increased physical activity, and preventing obesity and other chronic diseases by establishing healthier habits.


Our History

Founded in 2002, Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP) is a unit of the Office of Community Engagement And Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEANHP) representing a network of community based interventions designed to improve nutrition and reduce disparities in outcomes associated with nutritional diseases including obesity. CPHP provides high quality, age, gender and culturally tailored nutrition education in a variety of venues across the city.

CPHP’s Health Education Specialists and specially trained Community Nutrition Peer Educators (NPE) provide services through a dynamic network of partnerships including internal university partners and external partners, selected because of their unique capabilities, location and access to eligible participants in a variety of settings.


Our Vision

A world where individuals, families and communities are empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.


Our Mission

To provide high quality nutrition education and health promotion programs, in partnership with SNAP eligible individuals, families and communities in Chicago.


Our Goal

CPHP’s goal is to bring healthy lifestyle messages into communities where Chicagoans live, work, eat and play.  CPHP staff encourages Chicago families to make healthier food choices, learn to prepare and consume healthier foods every day and be more physically active.  CPHP provides nutrition education through a team of nutrition educators, drawing on the unique strengths of both academic professionals (often registered dietitians) and paraprofessional community peer educators.


Who is Eligible for CPHP’s Free Nutrition Education Services?

Individuals and families whose income are at or are below 185% of poverty or eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally Food Stamps, a.k.a. Illinois LINK).  This includes students attending schools with greater than 50% participation in the federal free or reduced price lunch programs (~92% of Chicago Public Schools) who reside within Chicagoland.  CPHP focuses programming in Chicago neighborhoods and at venues with a high proportion of eligible participants and develops services for all age groups.  Do you have or know of a group, school or community organization that would be interested in having CPHP come to provide high quality nutrition education?


Nutrition Interventions

CPHP nutrition interventions actively engage individuals in schools, parks, community clinics, and other locations throughout Chicagoland.  Register now by completing our Service Interest Request (SIR) Form to schedule services for your school, community or public health.