Virginia Tech parents Newsletter
Smart Choices in the Grocery Store is a “point-of-purchase” grocery store experience to provide a taste test, recipe ideas, nutrition information displays and handouts, and store intercom messages about a different topic each month.
Smart Choices in the Grocery Store was created by the Virginia Family Nutrition Program to target grocery stores with high SNAP redemption to better reach low-income Virginians, encouraging them to eat smart.
|January||Think Your Drink|
|April||Power Up with Breakfast|
|June||Getting Calcium for a Lifetime|
|July||Focus on Fruit|
|August||Vary Your Veggies|
|September||Increasing Whole Grains|
|October||Super Smart Snacks|
|November||Food Safety at Thanksgiving and Every Day|
The Food Security Program is designed to increase the food security of low-income Virginians. The program does this in a variety of ways including:
The Farmers Market Cooking Coaches program teaches basic cooking skills and nutrition to farmers market shoppers at markets across the commonwealth. Using the “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” curriculum these demonstrations are quick, interactive, and specific to teaching health benefits and cooking tips about produce sold in the market that day. If you catch a Farmers Market Cooking Coaches demonstration you will have the chance to learn something new, try a healthy and fresh recipe, and take the recipe home to try it yourself!
Topics covered include:
The Farmers Market Cooking Coaches program is always looking for volunteers to do cooking demonstrations and education at farmers markets that accept SNAP. If you are interested, please contact your local FCS SNAP-Ed agent for more information.
The Faith-based and Community Volunteer Project reaches limited-resource families through collaborators and volunteers. Outreach to our target audience is accomplished through partnerships with teachers, school nurses, librarians, parents, chefs, after-school program staff, and school nutrition staff, as well as state-level agencies and community organizations. The use of collaborators and volunteers allows the Family Nutrition Program to reach an even greater number of people and spread our message of Eat Smart, Move More for a healthier Virginia.
Nutrition Outreach Instructors (NOI) help to train and coordinate collaborators and volunteers in their regions to deliver nutrition and healthy lifestyle education using the Family Nutrition Program’s curricula. If you are interested in becoming a community collaborator or volunteer, please contact your local NOI or Judy Stevens, the statewide Project Associate, using this map.