SNAP-Ed Program Assistant
Hancock County

Karen McDougall is a 35-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. Chopin Hall is our community sponsor of Cooking Matters.

Karen works closely with youth in schools which are 50% free or reduced lunches 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: City Life Findlay, CHOPIN Hall, Cooking with Karen, Head Start, Hope House, and Wesley Commons.