Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City’s Nutrition and Health Program puts education into action to help low income families lead healthier lives.

Our community educators help participants embrace nutrition and health messages from USDA dietary guidelines and

Teacher showing example about nutrition in classroomAdults, seniors and children participate in hands-on learning tailored to meet their needs. Families make healthier food choices, become more physically active, and learn to stretch their food dollars.

Student receiving award.





We reach families in all five boroughs of New York City by working in partnership with  community organizations, schools, job training programs, faith based organizations and emergency food assistance providers.

We reach into communities at many levels to support changes for healthier neighborhoods, and professional development opportunities that compliment those efforts.

Young girl with a cup of milk with friends.


Major funding for 2016 is provided through:

EFNEP- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

FMNP – Farmers’ Market Nutrition Education Program



During 2015 more than 42,174 individuals participated in our programs:

  • 4,022 parenting adults participated in our traditional EFNEP 8 lesson workshop series
  • 3,237 youth participated in our workshop series and received education designed to increase awareness of healthy eating and the benefits of being physically active
  • 3,900 adults and youth received information at one time events such as training workshops and demonstrations at community organizations
  • 30,985 people at 9 farmers’ markets visited Cornell University Cooperative Extension cooking and learning stations in NYC. Most tasted farm fresh produce cooked using simple nutritious recipes
  • 30 college-level or above students from 10 colleges and universities supported our nutrition and health programs working as interns

Bar graph showing the number of people reached at farmer's markets in five of the different boroughs of New York City, with Queens being the most and Staten Island being the least.


* our fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 31 of the following year

Download PDF version of the 2015 Impact Statement here.