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 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.

Lead County: Onondaga County

100 S. Salina St.

Suite 170

Syracuse, NY 13207

Program Leader:

Kathleen Bump

It's rewarding to see behavior change in children at afterschool sites. One girl, whose family originated from Africa has been a wonderful participant in my one afterschool sites. She is always willing to try new things and, is always expressing to myself and her peers many new things her family likes to try with fruits and vegetables. The first time she was in group, the children helped me prepare Apple Wraps from the Cooking Matters recipes. They all really enjoyed the recipe. She came back to me the following week and said "My family has been doing that recipe for breakfast for the past week, we all really love that recipe at home now, thanks Miss Whitney". I just always love to hear things like that from my children that I work with, this is exactly why I do what I do everyday!

Whitney Kmetz

Chenango County

Meet our Collaborators