Tina Snyder with a Rethink Your Drink family activity.
Maggi Szpak at the Newfield School Garden
Josh Dolan & Jon Sterlace facilitating a workshop with the Hornell YMCA community garden
Image by Jim Monahan

SNAP-Ed New York

Capital Region SNAP Nutrition Education program provides free evidence based nutrition education and obesity prevention programming, including environmental supports to limited resource communities by working with community partners to promote healthy behaviors across all stages of life.

The capital region SNAP Nutrition Education program strives to help people become their healthiest self in a healthy community. We believe it is important for all to have access to healthy food choices and the opportunity to be physically active. We believe with increased knowledge, skills and resources people will be able to make healthy changes for themselves and the community.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Program (SNAP-Ed New York ) helps people with limited incomes learn how to eat better for less money. It is a free, confidential nutrition education program to help you and your family manage your food resources during tough economic times.

SNAP-Ed New York – New Name, Same Mission!

Previously known as Eat Smart New York, the introduction of our program’s new name, logo, and resources brings an opportunity for consistency and impact across New York State.

Along with our new program name, we are excited to announce the launch of our statewide website, www.SNAPEdNY.org – a one-stop destination for providing those in need with the tools to shop for and cook healthy meals while on a limited budget. The new website is designed with the current times in mind, providing low-cost recipes, simple cooking videos, interactive lessons and tons of ways to save time, save money and eat healthy.

Our region’s local landing page on the SNAP-Ed New York website features resources, events and classes, success stories, and more that are unique to the local communities served by our Southern Finger Lakes team. We are excited to continue to work with many to make the healthy choice the easy choice – Visit our new site and explore how we can help you and your family today!

Our Goals

To promote healthy eating habits SNAP-Ed helps families and individuals:

  • Increase the consumption of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
  • Decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Reduce the consumption of low-nutrient, high-energy dense foods containing large amounts of added sugars, salt and saturated fat.
  • Increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors.

To reduce hunger and food insecurity SNAP-Ed aims to improve the health of families and individuals by :

  • Improving food resource management skills.
  • Improving food preparation skills.
  • Increasing access to affordable and nutritious food.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- SNAP. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.


Kim Mullen
Nutrition Resource Educator
(518) 272-4210 ext 113

Last updated May 20, 2020