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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

SNAP-Ed at WSU Yakima Extension

Program Contact: Holly B. Lacell, SNAP-Ed Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 • holly.lacell@wsu.edu

SNAP-Ed: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education

Who we are:

SNAP-Ed is a federally funded, nation-wide program which offers researched-based nutrition education based on the current Dietary Guidelines. We serve the Yakima County area from our office in Union Gap, and this is our corner of the web!

Here you can find lots of information about current local WSU Extension SNAP-Ed programs, community connections and resources, as well as TONS of relevant (and fun!) nutrition information and activities for students, parents, and teachers. Take a tour and let us know if you have any questions or comments!

What we do:

View or download our 2021 Program Overview! (.pdf | 3.7 MB)

Nutrition Education Assistant Holly Lacell in her Washington State University shirt manning a colorful booth full of nutrition facts, fruit and vegetable plushies, handouts, and stickers.
Holly Lacell, CEO/Coordinator

SNAP-Ed currently offers basic nutrition education to low-income adults in Yakima County. We look forward to reintroducing more classes over a wide range of ages and opportunities as we are attentive to Washington State University’s reopening guidelines. Currently, all classes are held virtually.

We are also working closely with partners and community organizations to create policy, systems, and environmental changes in the Yakima Valley that encourage people to make healthy choices with regard to nutrition and physical activity. WSU Yakima SNAP-Ed loves helping gardens grow!

Potatoes, tomatoes, greens, herbs, and onions arranged in the shape of a colorful heart Sweet peas growing up a vine. Cucamelons in a paper bag.

Our education also takes other forms such as informational booths at fairs and family nights, community centers, farmers markets, and food banks. We also provide nutrition-related bulletin boards, newsletters, and handouts!

Printable resources and packets are available in our public Google Drive folder!

Our educators emphasize:

  • Making healthy food choices
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable intake
  • Choosing low-fat or fat-free milk
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Food safety and proper hand-washing

Contact us!

Office: (509) 574-1593
Main Office: (509) 574-1600
Fax: (509) 574-1601

WSU Yakima County Extension
2403 S. 18th Street, Ste. 100
Union Gap, WA 98903

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Want more information? Try these links!

  • Washington State SNAP-Ed Providers – Washington State SNAP-Ed Providers is a dynamic online resource center for State and local SNAP-Ed providers.
  • Live Well – A Washington State SNAP-Ed resource with recipes, cooking tips, meal planning assistance, and physical activity prompts.
  • Dietary Guidelines – Take a look at the most recent Dietary Guidelines.The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities, including SNAP-Ed.