A component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), BLT provides educational programs to food stamp recipients, applicants, and other approved audiences to help improve their ability to plan and prepare nutritious meals, stretch food dollars, and prepare and store food safely. Additionally, BLT provides educational programs that help the target audience improve their overall diet quality and increase their level of physical activity.
BLT is delivered through a variety of teaching methods that reflect audience needs. Teaching methods include: lesson series, single education events, demonstrations, and tours. All programs and materials are FREE of charge and services are available to agencies, schools, and organizations that serve eligible populations.
With the presences of BLT in almost every county in the state, Texas AgriLife Extension Service is poised to reach all of Texas, both rural and urban, and increase the likelihood of meeting the nutrition education needs of under-served Texans.
Who’s Eligible to receive BLT services?
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Recipients
- Families that participate in the Head Start Program
- Families of children who participate in the Summer Food Service Program
- Families who participate in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program
- Families who participate in Commodity Food Distribution site programs
- Individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
- Individuals living at housing authorities
- Individuals receiving food from food pantry or soup kitchens
- Children in schools where 50% or greater of the individuals receive free/reduced meals
- Neighborhood where at least 50% of the residents live at or below 185% poverty level
- Employees of grocery stores (stores in low income areas)
- Employees of businesses that hire/pay minimum wages
- Christian Women’s Job Corps and/or Christian Men’s Job Corps
- Food pantries
- English as a Second Language (ESL) students
What do you teach?
We have several topics to choose from including:
- MyPlate (Dietary Guidelines for Americans)
- Reading the Food Label
- Portion Control
- Food Safety
- Child Nutrition
- Smart Shopping Strategies
- Senior Nutrition
- Meal Planning
- Reducing fat and sodium intakes
- Healthy Cooking
For additional information contact:
Michelle Valentin, Cass County Extension Agent
Family & Community Health
903-756-5391 / Michelle.Valentin@ag.tamu.edu