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Food and Nutrition

Welcome to our Food and Nutrition page! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County offers free and low-cost educational workshops and useful information on food-related topics from food safety and nutrition to healthy eating on a limited budget. Explore our links, check out our upcoming events, and give us a call!

Nutrition Education:

  • SNAP-Ed Program provides community-based nutrition education and obesity prevention activities targeted to SNAP and SNAP eligible populations. SNAP-Ed also works on policy, systems and environmental changes to improve access to healthy food. Currently, PSE work is focused on School Wellness Policies, Smarter Lunchrooms and Food Pantries. (Funded by NIFA through OTDA and CCEOC)
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) works with resource-limited families and youth to increase healthy eating and physical activity practices while teaching participants budgeting skills. Educators work with individuals, groups, schools, and home daycare providers over a free 8 to 10 week program. (Funded by NIFA through Cornell University)
  • Hudson River Fish Advisory Program (HRFA) provides education and resources on the safety of eating fish from the Hudson River and its tributaries while providing research data for the NYS Department of Health. HRFA is a regional program (Columbia-Greene, Dutchess, Orange & Ulster Counties) (Funded by NYSDOH through CCEDC)
  • Healthy Cooking Classes are offered as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County and Ellenville Regional Hospital. Our goal is to improve the health of Ulster County residents by teaching easy, budget-conscious, and healthy home cooking. At present, all classes are virtual and easy to attend from home and if you want to, you can even cook along!
  • Nutritional Outreach Education Program - (NOEP) offers one-on-one help applying for SNAP. We can tell if you may be eligible, help you gather documents you need, and help you with your SNAP application. You'll also get information on other programs that may help stretch your food budget. For information, go to

Food Assistance:

  • Making ends meet during difficult times can be easier with help from the right programs and other community resources. Cornell Cooperative Extension works with many local food assistance programs to help families, individuals and seniors find and access food resources that best meet their needs. Visit this page to find resources regarding food assistance.

Food Safety and Emergency Resources:

Food and Nutrition Education in Communities:

For a list of programs in NYS and a map of programs in NYS go to

Food and Nutrition Education in Communities (FNEC) Table of Recipes:

For a list of great recipes and to add your own, go to

Last updated May 2, 2023