Enhancing and improving food systems in SNAP-Ed communities is a powerful way to encourage healthy choices where families make decisions about shopping, cooking, and eating.
Arizona SNAP-Ed Food Systems Strategies
- Increase availability of healthy food retail.
- Encourage participation in community, home, and school gardens.
- Start and expand Farm to School, Farm to Child Care, or other Farm to Institution programs.
- Support the Summer Food Service Program.
- Encourage use of farmers’ market with SNAP and other hunger safety net programs.
Evaluation of Food Systems Strategies
All Food Systems strategies are evaluated using a mixed methods approach:
- An online data collection system called SEEDs that collects information on what SNAP-Ed programming is being done in Food Systems.
- The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows SNAP-Ed programs to describe their work with Food Systems in words and images to understand why things are developing in certain ways.
- The Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory measures the success factors present within Food Systems community coalitions within which SNAP-Ed staff are participating. This assessment will ONLY be collected in FY16/FY18/FY20 by the Evaluation Team.
- The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) SNAP-Ed Supports Checklist was developed by the Evaluation Team and collects information from SNAP-Ed programs about the supports provided to participating SFSPs in SNAP-Ed communities. This assessment will ONLY be collected in FY16/FY18/FY20 by the Evaluation Team.
- The Store Tracker for Opportunities in the Retail Environment (STORE) tool was developed by the Evaluation Team from an earlier version of the Shop Healthy assessment tool. It measures the healthy food supports in food retailers such as grocery and convenience stores. This assessment will ONLY be collected in FY17/FY19 by the Evaluation Team.
You can find training materials and resources for this year’s Food Systems evaluation plan here.