In New York State, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) is known as Eat Smart New York (ESNY). Eat Smart New York Nutrition Education is coordinated by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Administration and is administered by a network of program providers including Cornell Cooperative Extension.
ESNY nutrition education programs are FREE to all individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ESNY provides nutrition education materials and sponsors education events and classes in local communities on a variety of nutrition topics like: healthy eating on a budget, smart shopping for vegetables and fruit, healthy meal planning, basic cooking and food safety skills, weight control and physical activity. The goals of the Eat Smart New York program are to:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Drink less sugar-sweetened beverages
- Exercise more and balance calories eaten as part of a healthy lifestyle