About Us

The Virginia Family Nutrition Program empowers you to take charge of your health by eating healthy and living an active lifestyle. Our nutrition educators work with Virginians to teach essential life skills like cooking, managing a food budget, using SNAP/EBT, being physically active, handling food safely, and planning meals. Take charge of your health by connecting with an FNP educator in your area. For anyone interested in helping us achieve our nutrition goals for Virginia, the Family Nutrition Program’s SNAP-Ed agents train volunteers to work within their communities. Contact a SNAP-Ed agent in your region.

The Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource households how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Our funding comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to offer the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Virginia Department of Social Services to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia.