Who We Are

Our Primary Goals

Southern Tier Eat Smart New York is a program funded by the SNAP-Ed program whose mission is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Our primary goals are for persons eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more and balance calories as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Our Service Area

We provide nutrition education activities and resources in the 8-county Southern Tier Region including: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego and Tioga counties with a focus on communities with high rates of participation on SNAP.

Our Staff

The lead organization for Southern Tier Eat Smart New York is CCE Onondaga County. Education is provided in all 8 counties by the following organizations:

  • CCE Broome and Tioga:

Kathleen Cook, Jenna Matthews, Alyssa Scoville, Bonnie Tippett, Kelly White

  • CCE Chenango, Madison, and Cortland:

Betty Clark, Whitney Kmetz, Anna Kortright, Neisa Pantalia

  • CCE Delaware and Otsego:

Jeanne Darling, Andrea Day, Heather Barrett

  • CCE Onondaga:

Anita Bono, Amie Chambers, Kathy Dischner, Roseanne Jones, Cheryl Neal, Katie Oja

Our team is made up of a number of educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening.

Our Participants

Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events.

Our Volunteers

Anyone can be a Southern Tier Eat Smart New York volunteer! Our volunteers are passionate about food and nutrition. They help make community events memorable and meaningful, assist with hands-on cooking classes and food demonstrations and lead grocery stores.

Our Collaborators

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 local Departments of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to provide one or more of the following: space to teach, kitchen facilities for cooking, food supplies and staff to help recruit, schedule and sometimes co-facilitate nutrition education workshops. Their contributions are invaluable to making Southern Tier NY successful in helping people make healthy food and physical activity decisions and increase access to both.