About Us

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Foodlink are dedicated to strengthening families and communities in the Finger Lakes. We are part of a statewide initiative called Eat Smart New York. The Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York region includes Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties. Our team is made up of 21 educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening. Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events.

We support families eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages and practice healthy lifestyles. We do this through free workshops, food demonstrations, cooking classes, grocery store tours and community events. We also support families and other community partners to build and sustain edible gardens, farmers markets and school wellness committees.

Our team of nutrition educators works closely with collaborators to reach and engage SNAP participants with quality programming. We rely on such key collaborators as Department of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to assist us. Educators are located in the following offices:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County (315) 255-1183

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (607) 734-4453

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County (585) 753-2550

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (607) 272-2292

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (607) 664-2300

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County (315) 331-8415

Foodlink (585) 328-3380

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, New York, 14513

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At a lively Cooking Matters for Parents class series at an elementary school in Rochester, parents enjoyed learning new recipes, nutrition information, and even exercises! One participant said that “This class has changed the way I plan my shopping for my family and the way that I cook. My kids have been more involved in making dinners and they are willing to try way more things!”

Margaret Liljedahl

Monroe County