The Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program offers several varieties of cooking and nutrition education workshops that are available to the residents of Monroe County, specifically those living in Rochester, East Irondequoit, and Gates/Chili.

For those with limited income FREE nutrition education classes are offered through the SNAP-Education funded grant program. Sessions include a series of 6-8 one hour classes at agencies/schools throughout the county as well as 1X one hour presentations on a particular topic and 1X displays at fairs, events, grocery stores etc. Among the topics offered are implementing MyPlate guidelines, cooking and planning low cost meals, smart food shopping, food safety and reading food labels. Goals of the programs include increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, decreasing sugary beverage consumption and attention to caloric balance and physical activity.

During the growing and harvesting season Master Food Preserver training sessions and/or individual Food Preservation classes (as tomatoes or jams) may be offered to the public. Displays and/or tastings at local Farmers’ Markets are also available during the summer months.

Please check our website or call our office to find information about upcoming classes or to schedule a class for your particular group.

Looking for great, low cost recipes?  Check out our recipe page and "how to" videos. 

Last updated March 21, 2022