Who We Are

Our Primary Goals

Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York is a program funded by the SNAP-Ed program whose mission is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Our primary goals are for persons eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more and balance calories as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Our Service Area

We provide nutrition education activities and resources in the 11-county Finger Lakes Region including: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties with a focus on communities with high rates of participation on SNAP.

Our Staff

The lead organization for Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York is CCE Wayne County. Education is provided in all 11 counties by the following organizations: CCE Cayuga, CCE Chemung, CCE Monroe, CCE Steuben, CCE Tompkins, CCE Wayne and Foodlink.

Our team is made up of 21 educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening.

For nutrition education near you, contact:

Maggie McHugh at mbm32@cornell.edu or (315) 331-8415

Larkin Podsiedlik at llp36@cornell.edu or (607) 583-3363

Our Participants

Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events.

Our Volunteers

Anyone can be a Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York volunteer! Our volunteers are passionate about food and nutrition. They help make community events memorable and meaningful, assist with hands-on cooking classes and food demonstrations and lead grocery stores.

Our Collaborators

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 local Departments of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to provide one or more of the following: space to teach, kitchen facilities for cooking, food supplies and staff to help recruit, schedule and sometimes co-facilitate nutrition education workshops. Their contributions are invaluable to making Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY successful in helping people make healthy food and physical activity decisions and increase access to both.