Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision

Healthy people; food secure communities

Our Mission

Food and Nutrition Education in Communities promotes positive nutrition practices through research, evidence-based programming and policies to encourage wise use of resources, enable access to nutritious and safe food, and foster food secure communities for low-income individuals and families.

Our Values


The knowledge, skills and attributes of staff and participants are honored.


The differences in ethnicity, culture and life experiences among target audience and staff are valued and respected.


Learner needs are the basis of program content and delivery. Building on the strengths and past experiences of learners results in a richer learning experience.


Staff and participants are encouraged through recognition of success, improved self-esteem, continuing educational opportunities, and professional development to make positive changes in their personal lives and communities.


Physical and emotional health, including optimal nutritional health, chronic disease prevention, physical activity, and food safety is emphasized and supported.


Collaboration is emphasized among staff at all levels, other university departments, program areas within CCE, and the county associations and NYC office. Community partners, including the target audience, are critical to program success.