The Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program offers several varieties of cooking and nutrition education workshops that are available to the residents of Monroe County.
For those with limited income FREE nutrition education classes are offered through the ESNY (Eat Smart New York) and EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) federally funded grant programs. 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.
Through our Localvore Cooking Class Initiative attendees learn to cook healthy meals using locally grown products. New techniques are introduced that complement the stress on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption at the same time you decrease the sugar, salt and fat content of the dish you are preparing. Sessions are presented as demos and/or hands on. Professional chefs from the area serve as the instructors.
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 January 23, 2017