Mission: The mission of the Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (TNCEP) is to empower limited resource families to reduce the risk of poor nutrition and to effectively use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and related resources while moving toward self-sufficiency.
The Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (TNCEP) is a SNAP-Ed program funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and managed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS). USDA FNS provides funding for the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program (SNAP-Ed), and the USDA Southeast Regional office in Atlanta approves funds for SNAP-Ed in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Human Services has the responsibility of contracting with agencies in the state to conduct nutrition education, and UT Extension contracts with TDHS to deliver SNAP-Ed.
The purpose of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA food guidance. The partnership between SNAP and UT Extension supports Extension’s mission to help people improve their lives through an educational process using scientific knowledge to address issues and needs.
TNCEP is conducted through local community-driven coalitions to meet the needs of SNAP recipients and eligibles in each participating county. TNCEP programming includes behaviorally focused, evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions that fall within the scope of SNAP-Ed and is consistent with Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) priorities, as outlined in the FFY 2017 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Plan Guidance: Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program.
The SNAP-Ed program in Robertson County offers multi-session classes and one-time programs for youth and adults. Please contact the Robertson County Extension office for information about joining the coalition, offering classes at your organization or attending classes.