Patrick, VA Family Nutrition Program

Patrick, VA Family Nutrition Program The Virginia Family Nutrition Program, offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, helps Virginia families Eat Smart and Move More for better health.

The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. FNP offers programming across the state. Contact your local Program Assistant to find programs in your area: http://www.fcs.ext.vt.edu/fnh/fnp/program-assistants-map.html The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Learn more about Virginia Cooperative Extension by visiting their website: www.ext.vt.edu Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) was founded in 1974 to teach limited-resource families with young children the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required for choosing a nutritious diet, helping to improve the nutritional well-being of the whole family. Program participants gain the ability and confidence to make informed choices about eating healthy on a limited budget and to become more self-sufficient. More information about EFNEP can be found on NIFA's website: www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/efnep.html Virginia implemented their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-Ed) program in 1998. SNAP-Ed is the educational outreach division of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). SNAP-Ed's goal is to help limited-resource families choose healthy foods within a limited budget that meet the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA's MyPlate food guidance and to live physically active lives. By helping program participants improve their diet and physical activity levels, SNAP-Ed aims to prevent chronic diseases, including obesity. More information about SNAP-Ed can be found on FNS's website: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/national-snap-ed This page is a resource for volunteers with the Family Nutrition Program to keep informed about healthy eating tips, recipes, physical activity advice, grocery shopping on a budget, good food safety practices and much more. We are here to help you. Feel free to ask questions or share our posts with your friends and family. Our Comment Policy asks that you treat this page and it's followers with respect. Comments will be deleted by moderators if they are determined to be profane, offensive, spam, personal attacks on others, or otherwise deemed inappropriate. Repeat offenders of the Comment Policy will result in the user being blocked. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material is partially funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP which provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact your county or city Department of Social Services or to locate your county office call toll-free: 1-800-552-3431 (M-F 8:15-5:00, except holidays). By calling your local DSS office, you can get other useful information about services. This material was partially funded by the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program, USDA, NIFA.

Mission: The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping.

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This page is a resource for current or future participants and graduates of the Family Nutrition Program to keep informed about healthy eating tips, recipes, physical activity advice, grocery shopping on a budget, good food safety practices and much more. We are here to help you. Feel free to ask questions or share our posts with your friends and family. Our Comment Policy asks that you treat this page and it's followers with respect. Comments will be deleted by moderators if they are determined to be profane, offensive, spam, personal attacks on others, or otherwise deemed inappropriate. Repeat offenses of the Comment Policy will result in the user being blocked. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP which provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact your county or city Department of Social Services or to locate your county office call toll-free: 1-800-552-3431 (M-F 8:15-5:00, except holidays). By calling your local DSS office, you can get other useful information about services. This work was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.

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The Virginia Family Nutrition Program empowers you to take charge of your health by eating healthy and living an active lifestyle. Our nutrition educators work with Virginians throughout the state and teach essential life skills like cooking, managing a food budget, using SNAP/EBT, being physically active, handling food safely, and planning meals. Take charge of your health by connecting with an FNP educator in your area. Contact our Extension office ahead of any events or programs if you have a disability and desire assistance or accommodation for any programs we offer.

The Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource households how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Virginia Department of Social Services to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia.


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