Southern Tier Eat Smart NY Team!

About Us

Eat Smart NY & Cornell Cooperative Extension are dedicated to strengthening families and communities in the Southern Tier. Our region includes Broome, Delaware, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego and Tioga counties. Our team is made up of 16 educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening. Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events.

We support families eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages and practice healthy lifestyles. We do this through free workshops, food demonstrations, cooking classes, grocery store tours and community events. We also support families and other community partners to build and sustain edible gardens, farmers markets and school wellness committees.

Our team of nutrition educators works closely with collaborators to reach and engage SNAP participants with quality programming. We rely on such key collaborators as Department of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to assist us.

Impact Statement: 4th Quarter 2016

Lead County: Onondaga County

100 S. Salina St.

Suite 170

Syracuse, NY 13207

Program Leader:

Kathy Dischner

After completing a six week CATCH series as part of the her after-school program Leigh wrote, "Dear Mrs. Neal, Thank you for teaching me how to cook. It has been a pleasure cooking with you. Now I know how to cook with a knife. Don't worry I will ask my parents. Also thank you for teaching me to eat healthy. I am going to miss you so much. Love, Leigh". Leigh's mom added that Leigh had been paying attention in class and was constantly coming home and sharing new recipes and healthy eating tips with her family! Leigh included a drawing of all her favorite things about nutrition class!

Cheryl Neal

Onondaga County

Meet our Collaborators