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Students experience community nutrition while serving as FNP summer interns

students standing by HNFE department sign.

2016 Family Nutrition Program Interns

The Family Nutrition Program welcomes 12 students from Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise into its internship program this summer.

This program serves as a partnership between the Family Nutrition Program and the HNFE department. This internship provides students with real-life experience that is related to their studies.

“It really benefits HNFE since it gives students a chance to experience real-world community nutrition,” said Lynn Margheim, a trainer for Virginia FNP. “The students not only get to participate in delivering nutrition education, they’re also learning about government food programs and accountability, and they’re putting the food safety skills they’ve learned into practice.”

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Initiative gets SNAP consumers to farmers markets

In Virginia, more than 3.1 million households are food insecure, meaning they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is working to alleviate food insecurity through its Family Nutrition Program Food Access and Availability Initiative. The project focuses on increasing access to local food systems, especially through farmers markets and gardening projects.

“We want to raise awareness that SNAP benefits, or food stamps, can be redeemed at many farmers markets around the commonwealth. We also want to support markets in outreach and educational efforts for SNAP participants,” said Meredith Ledlie Johnson, a project associate for the Family Nutrition Program who manages the Food Security Project.