I’d like to toot our horn regarding the Michigan State University Extension SNAP-Ed staff members. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program educators, program instructors, program associates and program assistants surpassed their target numbers for the programming year that ended Sept. 30.
The team went well beyond what we might have expected based on the reduced number of staff and the high percentage of new staff involved. Although these numbers are not 100 percent current – we still have numbers out on a few counties and the data is not from activity reports, rather from weekly meetings where people report on progress – they give you a good idea of goals exceeded. The summer goal (June through Sept 30) was to reach 56,451 unduplicated participants. SNAP-Ed staff members exceeded that goal by at least over 4,118, totaling 60,569. The year goal was 83,945. Currently these reports show the year-to-date activity at 88,063. Nine districts overshot the summer goal (some by as large as 2,958 and 2,381 unduplicated participants). Two of the districts that did not overshoot the goal may have depending on the numbers that come in.
The SNAP-Ed team provided high-quality education that continues to show positive changes in the lives of participants.
Health and Nutrition Institute director Dawn Contreras said, “The SNAP-Ed staff went over and above this past year to meet contract goals while still providing high-quality education that continues to show positive changes in the lives of participants.”
Congratulations on these positive numbers!