The Virginia Family Nutrition Program works to educate and inform limited-resource families about basic nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, food safety, meal planning, and budgeting.
Our mission is to teach families how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources, empowering families to live healthier and grow better. We accomplish this mission by teaching cooking and nutrition lessons, working with schools to teach students about healthy eating, working one-on-one with individuals and families to encourage good nutrition and physical activity, and testing and distributing healthy recipes to families online and in-person.
FNP offers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) to limited resource families in Virginia. Funding for EFNEP and SNAP-Ed is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Service, respectively.
FNP has offices throughout the state where program assistants and SNAP-Ed agents work to meet the needs of Virginia’s communities by offering personalized nutrition education to families and children. Program assistants offer personal attention to families to help them learn about healthy foods to incorporate into meals, healthy snack choices, using SNAP benefits at grocery stores and farmers markets, and activities that encourage a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Our blog offers tips and tricks to help individuals and families incorporate nutritious foods into their diets. We also create and share healthy, inexpensive recipes for families that meet USDA’s guidelines.