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Maine SNAP-Ed provides free nutrition education services for low-income populations in settings like schools, libraries, food pantries, childcare settings, grocery stores, and other community sites. The program aims to reach every community within the state of Maine to provide nutrition education to low-income Mainers. Using evidence-based curricula and multi-level community-based approaches, Maine SNAP-Ed helps to make the healthy choice an easy choice for Mainers on a limited budget.
In Maine, SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Office for Family Independence at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Programming is implemented through a contract with the University of New England in partnership with local community organizations, like us, PBCHP!
Learn more about the statewide Maine SNAP-Ed program at www.mainesnap-ed.org
Programming is free for eligible sites.
Educational series can be conducted in-person, or virtual-live.
Youth & Teens
Growing Active Readers (formerly iGrow)
Cooking Matters for Kids
Cooking Matters for Teens
* Companion series available for parents/caregivers of participants!
Adults & Families
Cooking Matters for Adults
Cooking Matters for Parents/Caregivers
Cooking Matters for Families
Cooking Matters @ the Store
Cooking Matters for Childcare Professionals
In the Community
Farmer's Market Promotion
School Wellness Programs
Public Outreach Efforts
Meet your educator, Miss Day!
Day Arnold, BSND, is a certified nutrition professional proudly serving as one of 35 Maine SNAP-Ed educators appointed to counties across the state. She is passionate about sharing essential nutrition knowledge using trauma-informed principles, creating a supportive and understanding learning environment. Her dedication to her community and the field of nutrition is clear in her approach, where she blends her expertise with empathy to make a positive impact.
Outside of her professional life, Day loves experimenting in the kitchen, staying active, and letting her creative side shine. In her free time, you can also find her jamming to music, playing video games, and tending to her never-ending collection of houseplants.
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