Coordinating SNAPand Nutrition Supports

About Coordinating SNAP & Nutrition Supports

Coordinating SNAP and Nutrition Supports (CSNS) is a cohort program funded by Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry and administered by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) with the goal of aligning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with other federal, state, and local nutrition supports to combat childhood hunger.

Announcement! RFP Now Open for Second Cohort of CSNS Sites

APHSA and Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry are excited to announce our continued partnership on the CSNS Program. A second cohort of CSNS sites will launch in 2023. State and local SNAP agencies are invited to submit applications for funding in partnership with their trusted community partners. Proposed projects should implement community-led process changes to scale solutions that reduce hunger and advance equity in their state or county. To learn more about the grant funding and opportunity to participate in our second CSNS cohort, please review our Request for Proposals (RFP) and supporting documents below. RFPs must be submitted by December 30, 2022 to be considered.

     • RFP (closes 12/30/22)
     • Download RFP Submission Template  
     • Download Budget Template  - We anticipate indirect rates of 10% but will be flexible where projects/partners have a different need. Indirect rates above 10% may require a justification memo.      
     • Learn more! Informational Webinar (recorded 10/18/22)

Agencies are encouraged to reach out to Jess Maneely for more information or to discuss potential projects ahead of submission.

A Look Back at Cohort 1

CSNS Cohort 1 consisted of six site projects led by five states and one county agency:

  • Hawaii Department of Human Services
  • Kansas Department for Children and Families & Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Mecklenburg County (NC) Department of Social Services
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • New Jersey Department of Human Services
  • New Mexico Human Services Department & New Mexico Department of Health, WIC Program

Each of the six CSNS sites drove its independent project forward while participating in cohort learning to share best practices and opportunities for policy and practice changes that reduce childhood hunger.

CSNS sites are working to reduce cross-departmental silos, facilitate partnerships with community organizations, improve the experience of families accessing nutrition supports, and leverage data and technology to address systemic barriers and promote equitable access to nutrition benefits. The projects vary in approach and are customized to the vision and challenges of each agency. Project activities range from designing automated data exchanges between SNAP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to enable targeted outreach to eligible families, using data analytics to better understand gaps in food access, and engaging people with lived expertise to inform human-centered design of food security programs. Read our CSNS Case Studies to learn more about each of the projects.

CSNS Case Studies

Hawaii Case Study Spotlight
Read the Hawai'i Case Study
Kansas Case Study Spotlight
Read the Kansas Case Study
Michigan Case Study Spotlight
Read the Michigan Case Study
New Jersey Case Study Spotlight
Read the New Jersey Case Study
New Mexico Case Study Spotlight
Read the New Mexico Case Study
Mecklenburg County Case Study Spotlight
Read the Mecklenburg Co Case Study