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.
Lead County: Onondaga County
100 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13207
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Throughout the Summer of 2015, nutrition educators provided nutrition education for those that came to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) bus. The SNAP-Ed nutrition educators saw many of the same participants weekly. Over time, the participants would share the changes they made from the information they learned through the nutrition education. One participant shared, “I made that broccoli salad you had brought last week--so good! I’m definitely making it when my family comes to visit!”. Another participant said, “This information has been really helpful and gives great ideas for cooking healthy! I have been using your recipes.” The presence of SNAP-Ed educators at the CHOW Bus has allowed the community to become comfortable in approaching the SNAP-Ed educators, asking nutrition and health related questions, and sparking interest in what the SNAP-Ed program has to offer.
Alyssa Scoville & Jenna Matthews