Karen McDougall is a 31-year veteran with Ohio State University Extension Hancock County. She has experience with many of the office positions, as she has served as a 4-H program assistant, office associate, volunteer, and even as a custodian. She has worked in the SNAP-Ed position successfully since 2011. The Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education program serving low-income individuals eligible to receive SNAP benefits or other means-tested Federal assistance programs throughout Ohio. SNAP-Ed is funded by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and serves in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio State University Extension.
"Cooking Matters" is a hands-on series that Karen facilitates for adults. This program is new to Ohio SNAP-Ed, providing a cooking demonstration - then working as groups to prepare food items, plus participants take away grocery items needed to prepare each recipe at home. It is a six week program and participants "want more!" so Karen has started offering 'Cooking with Karen' which is a series of three classes focused on a specific food topic.
Karen works closely with youth in schools and is currently working with other community organizations to reduce the effects of childhood obesity. Since 2014, she has been teaching a series of lessions called "Balance My Day" to Findlay City Schools grades 2-4.
Other organizations that Karen works closely with include: CHOPIN Hall, Head Start, Homework Central, Kitchen Partners at Jacobs School, City Mission, Hope House, and Wesley Commons.