Snap-Ed Eat Smart NY classes can help you put more vegetables and fruits in your diet.

Small group nutrition class
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A small group nutrition class

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Learn to make healthy meals your family will love!

A woman and her daughter read and share a snack together.
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A woman and her daughter read and share a healthy snack together.

Two women at a supermarket discuss a milk label
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Learn to read and understand food nutrition labels!

Eat Smart NY

Eat Smart New York (ESNY) helps people with limited incomes learn how to eat better for less money. Read more in our brochure. ESNY is a FREE, confidential nutrition education program to help you and your family manage your food resources during tough economic times.

The North Country SNAP-ED team works with residents of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

Can I Participate?

You are eligible to participate if you are applying for or currently receive food stamps/SNAP ED, or if you receive or participate in WIC, Head Start, Medicaid, Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Free Classes 

Our classes are FREE and the only cost to you is your time. Use our self-referral form or agency-referral form to request to attend a class.

Lessons can take place in community space. Together, you and a nutrition educator will plan practical, hands-on activities and healthy meals that will help you and your family. As well as exploring the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle.

Join us for a FREE one-time workshop, or a few classes, that will help you learn to fill your grocery cart and dinner table with healthy and inexpensive foods. Our nutrition educators can help you learn about cooking, meal planning, healthy food shopping on a budget, nutrition, food safety, weight control and physical activity, and much more. You’ll learn:

  • to prepare easy, good-tasting, low-cost meals in minutes;
  • to spend less time at the grocery store and buy healthier food with your money and SNAP benefits;
  • to make healthy meals and snacks that children will love;
  • to plan meals, prepare and store food safely, and use less salt, sugar, and fat when you cook;
  • to read and understand food labels;
  • to make healthy lifestyle changes part of every day.

Learn More:

Here are four ways to learn more about Eat Smart New York in the North Country!

  1. Read the latest North Country Eat Smart New York newsletter.
  2. Visit the North Country Eat Smart New York website to learn what the educators are doing throughout our region.
  3. Find more nutrition tips on the North Country Eat Smart New York Facebook page.
  4. Find healthy recipes on Pinterest at

For more information, call or email the contact listed below.


Jennifer Shaw
Regional SNAP-ED Community Nutritionist
(518) 561-7450

Last updated July 26, 2019