2023 Volume 5-Issue 1

SNAP-Ed is a FREE, confidential nutrition education program that helps families manage food resources during tough economic times. The Extension Nutrition Team of knowledgeable nutrition educators provide practical, hands-on activities, and skills for healthy meal prep, as well as explore the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle for the community members in the North Country.

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Find Time to Eat Together!

When families eat together meals are likely to be more nutritious. Children who eat regularly with their families are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and tend to eat more fruit and vegetables, and whole grains!

Not only are there health and nutrition benefits, but eating meals together provides opportunities for parents to role model healthy habits, and provides valuable time for parents and children to connect.

When was the last time you sat down and ate a meal with your family?

October is a great time to start healthy new traditions!

With busy schedules, eating together may not be possible every night but starting a new tradition a few times a week can make a difference!

Here are some tips on how to make family meals happen:

Take time to meal plan ~

Chose nights when everyone in the home can participate. Try theme nights: Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, or you can even have the kids pick a letter from the alphabet and only make foods that start with that letter.

Invite your children to help in the kitchen ~ Involving children in the kitchen builds confidence and lifelong skills. Children will be more likely to try something new if they have a role in preparing it.

Move mealtime to the table ~

Moving mealtime to the table brings the focus back to the food and the people that you are eating with.

Put away the electronics! ~

The benefits of a sit-down meal is to enjoy the company you are eating with. Setting aside our phones and turning off television allows time to focus on eat other. It opens up lines of communication with our families.

Teach about healthy portion control and healthy choices ~ Mealtime is a great time to teach children about portion control and making healthy choices. Encourage them to take a single serving of every food, they can always go back for seconds if they are still hungry.

Have realistic meal expectations ~

Find what works for your family and be consitent and Stay positive, this makes mealtime more enjoyable for everyone!

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Recipe of the Week

Apple Salad

This is a sweet crunchy salad for those fall apples that the whole family will love.

For the recipe click here!

Have you checked out our Recipe Bank yet?

For more delicious recipes, tips & tricks and more please visit our SNAP-Ed NY website.

Tips and Tricks

Save time, save money, while still eating healthy!

Start planning with these tips Click here!

Planning Family Meals!

Eating at restaurants and fast-food places can be exciting. It can also be expensive and usually take more time than cooking at home. Meal planning for a family can seem overwhelming. If you plan ahead, it will save time, money, and effort in the long run. Eating at home means you will get more balanced meals, control over the ingredients, more family time, and you’ll save money.


Food Access For All!

Improving healthy food choices by connecting families to local farmers and other partnering agencies throughout the North Country region is extremely important to SNAP-Ed. We partner with local food access sites to ensure that healthy options are available throughout our communities, and provide workshops geared towards helping local families lead healthy lives with the skills and knowledge to make healthy choices on a limited budget. This would not be possible without our partnerships with local farmers, healthcare providers, food pantries, farmers markets, schools, etc.

Thank you to all of our wonderful partners who have helped bridge the gap between food access and community members!


Hey Kids!

Can you unscramble these cooking words ?

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Sign up for Benefits now!
The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.

To find out more about SNAP Benefits and other assistance program you may be eligible for visit: mybenefits.ny.gov
If you need help applying for SNAP, call or email a Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinator. NOEP Coordinators tell you if you may be eligible for SNAP, answer any questions you may have, and help you complete and submit your application. It is free and confidential.

St. Lawrence- Maximizing Independent Living Center- 315-764-9442 x405
Jefferson- Outreach Coordinator of Food Bank of NNY. -315-437-1899 x279
Clinton -Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.- 518-563-4022 x112
Franklin- Maximizing Independent Living Center -518-483-2151
This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP.

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