Altarum’s Center for Food and Nutrition assists administrators of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) with developing and implementing nutrition education programming to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices and pursue physically active lifestyles. Nationally recognized for conducting evaluations and providing technical assistance to strengthen SNAP-Ed at the federal and state levels, Altarum is committed to improving the nutrition and health of low-income families through the promotion and implementation of evidence-based practices. We assess program operations and develop nutrition education strategies to maximize the impact of SNAP-Ed on participants’ healthy choices and active lifestyles.

Supporting Healthy Behaviors

SNAP-Ed guidance calls for multilayered intervention approaches that are evidence-based and behaviorally focused. A comprehensive, integrated nutrition education strategy supports and sustains healthy behaviors and includes direct education; policy, systems, and environmental change (PSE); social marketing; and message consistency.

With decades of real world experience managing food and nutrition programs, Altarum strengthens SNAP-Ed programs and positive nutrition outcomes through:

  • Strategic planning and technical assistance
  • Formative research, process, impact, and outcome evaluation, including surveys, focus groups, and key information interviews
  • Customized implementation and evaluation plans that incorporate the Social-Ecological Model

Supporting Healthy Behaviors

Services offered by Altarum’s Center for Food Assistance and Nutrition

  • Formative Research and Technical Assistance

Altarum assists states in conducting formative program research at the state and local levels. Formative research and needs assessments are critical in developing effective nutrition education strategies that promote the adoption of positive nutrition and health-related behaviors by SNAP-Ed participants.

  • Program Evaluation

Altarum offers a team of experienced evaluators who possess a deep understanding of rigorous qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies, including surveys, focus group facilitation, and interviewing. We tailor evaluation methodologies and instruments to meet the needs of individual state programs.

  • SNAP-Ed Systems Change Model

The evolution of SNAP-Ed necessitated the creation of a Systems Change Model based on established performance indicators and the Social-Ecological Model. Developed by Altarum, the model presents performance indicators and their relationship to sound approaches to behavior change consistent with United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) guidance. The systems model is customized to help states develop comprehensive, multilevel interventions.

  • Integration with Other Nutrition Education Programs

When state and local nutrition education programs work together, they build stronger programs and maximize their budgets. Altarum provides experience and expertise to help state agencies collaborate and build integrated programming that incorporates direct service and broader environmental and system changes.


SNAP-Ed Clients

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • Louisiana State University AgCenter
  • Food Bank For New York City
  • Maine Office of Family Independence
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation
  • Mississippi State University Extension Service
  • Purdue Extension
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS)

Project Leader

Brenda Wolford Portrait

Brenda Wolford

Analyst, Center for Food Assistance and Nutrition

Project Leader

Brent Walker Portrait

Brent Walker

Senior Associate, Center for Food Assistance and Nutrition

Subject Matter Experts