Nutrition Education & Food Safety

The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides individuals, families and communities with the knowledge and skills that empower them to make informed choices about healthy diets, efficiently manage food resources, and reduce the risks of chronic diseases and foodborne illness. The education provided draws upon nutrition recommendations presented in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA’s MyPlate food guidance. Extension educators target consumers and families, municipal employees, food handlers, low-income and high-risk individuals, older adults and agencies that serve these populations.

Family Nutrition Program is a federally funded initiative known as SNAP-Ed, providing education and information about healthful eating to individuals and families who receive or are eligible to receive SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps). Preschool and school age projects, cooking demonstrations and displays for food pantries and transitional assistance offices, programs at senior centers, and educational newsletters are examples of current programming for Barnstable County.