Community Nutrition Education
Within our community education office, we have the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-Ed), the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) programs. Scroll down to learn more about all of these programs.
Our office provides nutrition education workshops, works with community partners to help make the healthier choice the easier choice, and provides recipes, handouts, videos and other free resources for anyone to access. Our nutrition education efforts are delivered across the state, but mostly in the core cities of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Let’s learn more!
Throughout Rhode Island we offer nutrition education workshops. The workshops focus on culturally-relevant healthy eating and physical activity within a limited budget.
We work with community partners to help create sustainable policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes to complement nutrition education and support healthy behaviors.
To extend the reach and learning, our website and social media platforms provide recipes, handouts, videos and other free resources that can be accessed and shared by anyone. We provide workshops, recipes, handouts and videos in English and Spanish (and currently developing into Portuguese).
SNAP-Ed brings easy-to-understand nutrition information directly to sites where youth, families, adults and older adults live, learn, eat, shop, work and play. SNAP-Ed provides one-time workshops or a series of workshops to our community participants in English or Spanish. Programming focuses on general nutrition topics and healthy eating on a budget. The workshops are hands-on and often include cooking demonstrations and recipe tastings. SNAP-Ed also works with community partners on policy, system and environmental (PSE) efforts, including professional development training and train-the-trainer curriculum opportunities. Lastly, SNAP-Ed creates recipes, handouts and videos to help spread nutrition information and resources to anyone.
EFNEP provides education through hands-on lessons that are six to nine weeks long. EFNEP reaches middle and high school aged youth as well as parents or caregivers of children under 18 years old. Programming focuses on general nutrition topics, food safety, healthy eating on a budget, and physical activity. The workshops are hands-on and often include cooking demonstrations and recipe tastings.
Project StRIde: Science and Technology Reinforced by Innovative Dietary Education is delivered through a USDA CYFAR grant. This five year grant (2019-2024) works with the URI 4-H Cooperative Extension program in a summer camp setting. At the summer camp, Project StRIde offers hands-on activities that focus on nutrition-centered science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).