Nutrition Program Educator Myra McKinney (center) leads a hands-on cooking class at CCE-Tompkins (2007)

A group class at CCE-Tompkins

A Cooking Matters class in the Cargill Teaching Kitchen at CCE-Tompkins with participants from Finger Lakes Independence Center (June 2012)
Image by Sandy Repp

A group nutrition class for individuals from the Finger Lakes Independence Center in Ithaca, NY (2012)

Family members make a meal together during a "Cooking Together for Family Meals" class in Groton, NY, coordinated by CCE-Tompkins and Groton's Families! program (May 2010).

A group nutrition class offered by CCE-Tompkins for participants in the Groton's Families! program (May 2010).

For Agencies

Call today and arrange to partner with our staff to bring FREE nutrition education to clients who qualify for and/or receive benefits through SNAP, WIC, Head Start, Medicaid, TANF or SSI  Choose a one-time lesson or a series of hands-on, interactive lessons led by a trained nutrition educator at your location or ours, or at another community site.  Participants learn and are encouraged to improve their food and physical activity knowledge, skills and behaviors.  

Lesson topics may include:

  • Eating Well for Less (Saving Food Dollars)
  • Feeding Young Children
  • Keeping Food Safe
  • Making Healthy Choices and Modifying Recipes (amount of fat, sugar, and sodium in food)
  • Reading a Nutrition Label to make healthier choices
  • Using MyPlate to help plan healthy meals

Key messages include:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat milk or milk products every day.
  • Be physically active every day as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Balance calories eaten from foods and beverages with calories used when being physically active.

How to request a program:

Just call the contact listed below and ask to make a referral to the nutrition education program.


Kathleen McAllister
Capital Region SNAP-Ed Program Leader
(518) 765-3522

Last updated January 5, 2023