SNAP -ED Nutrition Education - Eat Smart New York

Helping Suffolk Families "eat better" since 1997

SNAP -ED Nutrition Education is called Eat Smart New York (ESNY) in New York State. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) New York State, is one of the fifty states that administer a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP- ED) program. Cornell University Cooperative Extensions are one of leading local partners that house and support the SNAP-ED Nutrition program.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is one of the oldest and a leader in New York State's nutrition education programs for low-income families. This unique educational service is designed to prevent obesity and reduce long-term chronic disease risks. The program is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles with the goal of promoting health through science-based Nutrition Education.


By utilizing nutrition education materials and specialized food demonstrations in our Nutrition Education Workshops, ESNY works to ensure that low-income families:

  • Eat more nutritious foods by increasing the consumption of Fruits & Vegetables
  • Make the most of their Food Dollars
  • Reduce the consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
  • Increase Physical Activity and Balance Calories consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle

ESNY offers custom-tailored nutrition education for your community group and/or agency. Workshops offer recipe demonstrations highlighting seasonal fruits and vegetables and other items found in your pantry.

Call: CCE of Suffolk County @ 631-727-7850 x 347 to schedule a program/workshop


Click here to download our brochure. 


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What takes place during an ESNY class?

Learning through ESNY is hands-on. Program participants can prepare, cook and taste a variety of different foods. They will have an opportunity to share food budgeting tips that work for them and their families. Educators will utilize videos, handouts and other materials to reinforce the active learning process. Every Eat Smart New York program participant receives a free computer food intake analysis which provides data for the nutrition educator to customize the content of each class session. Everyone who participates in at least 6 classes receives a certificate.

ESNY classes are also available in Spanish.

Call (631) 727-7850 ext. 352 to find out more about ESNY!

ESNY Grocery Store Campaign

Community Workshop Videos

We have several informational videos to watch to learn more about nutrition and proper eating.

Click here to see our videos!


Farmers' Markets

"Buy Local"

The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (NYS-FMNP) is a collaboration of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), NYS Office for the Aging (SOFA), and Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CCE).

Cornell's FMNP goal is to support local Farmers' Markets and enhance the food security of low-income consumers. Together we strive to:

• Promote the health/well-being of nutritionally at-risk audiences
• Encourage WIC Mothers and low-income Seniors to buy at Farmers' Markets
• Support the development of Farmers' Markets as an important component of Sustainable Communities

FMNP strengthens farmers' markets and increases access among participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, (WIC) and Seniors. FMNP checks provide additional food resources to purchase fresh produce (locally grown) at their local Farmers' Market.

Check our website: CCE of Suffolk County for a listing of Farmers' Markets in Suffolk County accepting FMNP Vouchers including: WIC, Seniors, and EBT/SNAP card. Our CCE Nutrition Educators are at available at most markets answering questions and distributing recipes. Stop by to chat with one of them!

Shop the Farmers' Market with EBT Benefits - Learn how easy it is to use your EBT card at the Farmers Market. (video)

Click here for a list of Farmers' Markets to enjoy.


How to accept EBT Cards at Farmers Market , Get EBT Equipment

The Facts About Farmers' Market Equipment Funds and Participation in SNAP


Calendar of Events

These classes are held at agencies by request and may be closed to public. Please contact zb12 for more information or if your agency or community site would like our free program.

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Rethink Your Drink

When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of diets promising fast results. There are low-carb diets, high-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, and blood type diets, to name a few. But no matter what diet you may try, to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than your body uses. Most people try to reduce their calorie intake by focusing on food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.


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FALL 2013



National Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month

September is National Fruits and Veggies -More Matters Month. Find out 30 ways to stretch your fruit and vegetable budget.

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10 minutes at a time is fine

We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don't have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Give it a try

Try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.