Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY is helping communities establish community gardens. The team, which is part of a larger effort within NYS, is made up of educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening.
“Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events,” according to the website. “We support families eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages, and practice healthy lifestyles. We do this through free workshops, food demonstrations, cooking classes, grocery store tours and community events. We also support families and other community partners to build and sustain edible gardens, farmers markets and school wellness committees. Our team of nutrition educators works closely with collaborators to reach and engage SNAP participants with quality programming. We rely on such key collaborators as Department of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to assist us.”
Public Domain Photo by Amanda Mills, CDC 2011
Video Courtesy of Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York