About Us

The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth 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 the 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) to offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Virginia. Our work spans over all programming areas in Cooperative Extension: Community Viability, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth and Agriculture and Natural Resources.