Our engaging community nutrition education programs are delivered through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR). These research-based programs empower participants to choose nutritious foods and be physically active within the constraints of a limited budget through programming that is interactive and culturally sensitive. Programming is delivered across the state, but primarily targets the core cities of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Learn more about our exciting programs happening across the community as well as find some easy, low-cost, and delicious recipes!
SNAP-Ed brings easy-to-understand information directly to sites where eligible children, families, adults, and seniors live, learn, eat, shop, work and play. SNAP-Ed provides simple and effective strategies to improve families’ nutrition knowledge, ability to stretch the food dollar, and overall health. Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies, including professional development for those who work with the SNAP-Ed eligible audience, reinforce these messages. Our quarterly reports highlight the successes of featured programs in the community.
EFNEP uses in-depth and interactive curriculums to help limited-resource families acquire positive changes in nutrition and physical activity knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors. These nationally-recognized curriculums are designed to be delivered across six- to nine-weeks for adults and parents (Eating Smart, Being Active) elementary school youth, (Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness) and middle school youth (Teen Cuisine).
CYFAR Project StRIde: Science and Technology Reinforced by Innovative Dietary Education is a five-year grant (2019-2025), targeting urban Rhode Island youth (grades 4-5) and their families. In collaboration with Cooperative Extension programs including the Master Gardeners and 4-H, StRIde will address STEM academic achievement and dietary behaviors/food-related skills of participating youth at summer camps.