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Eat Smart, Move More This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Welcome to Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program.  We help low income families and children learn to eat healthier and move more throughout the state of Virginia in a variety of ways. 

Almost every county and city in Virginia has access to a Family Nutrition Program Assistant in your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.  To find the one closest to you, click here and look for an EFNEP or SNAP-Ed program assistant near you.  To qualify, you have to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or WIC.

These wonderful professionals can help you figure out how to feed you and your family foods that taste good and are good for you in ways that don’t cost a lot of money.  All of our recipes have been tested on a variety of people so they taste good, are low in calories, don’t cost a lot to fix and can be fixed in 30 minutes or less.  That’s quicker than driving through a fast food line!


Why We Do This
People are busier than ever before, and fast food is so easy and accessible.  With a little planning and preparation, home cooked meals can be just as fast and easy, if you know how!  Too many children and adults are overweight, and weight problems are becoming the number one cause of death in the US.  By learning to eat smart, and move more, adults and youth can live healthier and happier

If you don’t have time to work with a Family Nutrition Program Assistant, we also have a newsletter that can be mailed to your home.  Call our state office with your name, address, and phone number and someone will get in touch with you soon. 

We also work with low income youth of all ages in lots of places, like schools, recreation centers, boys and girls clubs and churches.  Call our hotline today for more information!  You could host a 4-H youth cooking group in your recreation center, church, school, or whereever young people meet.  There is no cost to join, and after the cooking classes are finished, your group can explore other activities in a neighborhood 4-H club.

Click on one of the links to the right to find out more about programs we have around the state.

Adult graduates of our program are able to buy more food with less, and can make their food budget stretch further.  They cook more at home and are feeding their families healthier foods.  They fix, serve and store foods so they are safer to eat, and they also eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains.  Lastly, they are becoming more active.  

Young people who are part of our 4-H youth program learn more about eating right, getting more exercise, cooking and food safety.  They even help their parents choose healthy foods for their family.  

Call today for more information.

Contact Us

The state office for the Family Nutrition Program is located at Virginia Tech in Wallace Hall Annex in Blacksburg, VA.  If you would like to participate in our Family Nutrition Program, call the Virginia Family Nutrition Information and Referral Line, toll free, at: (888) 814-7627.