The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth. It is funded by the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP-Ed operates in 52 states and territories, and its focus audience is individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).

SNAP-Ed facilitates voluntary adoption of healthy food and physical activity choices and other good nutrition-related behaviors. In Ohio, SNAP-Ed has developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension.

Learn more about SNAP-Ed by visiting and

New Cooking Matters Class now forming - Wednesdays! March 6 - April 10, 2019 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Rehab Kitchen at Blanchard Valley hospital, 2nd hloor of the Ruse Center.

Karen McDougall, Program Assistant, SNAP-Ed in Hancock County

Karen McDougall is the current program assistant working with SNAP-Ed in Hancock County. She has worked for OSU Extension Hancock County for 30+ years and began her work with SNAP-Ed in 2011. Karen's goal of providing nutrition education programs that will increase knowledge in making healthy food and activity choices. USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Choose My Plate are major resources for her programs. She also works closely with Chopin Hall, Head Start, Jacobs Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Teens from the Hancock County Alternative School. City Mission, Hope House, and Wesley Commons. "Cooking with Karen" is yet another way Karen meets the needs of the community.  They meet the even months of the year on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday of those months from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the conference room of OSU Extension.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact her at 567-242-7286 or email at

In February of 2015 Hancock County was selected as a pilot county for the "Cooking Matters Family Edition" and we were excited and still are! Contact Karen soon if you are interested. The participants in Cooking Matters courses and tours are moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, kids and teens who want to make healthy meals on a budget. They learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. This is a very 'hands on' program where participants watch a cooking demonstration and then work together preparing food items and take away the needed ingredients for home preparation. We are very happy to have Chopin Hall as our Community Sponsor for this wonderful class.

USDA-FNS statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers, found online at

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.