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JSY - Nutrition Education

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY)

Eating vegetables and fruits everyday can reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, yet many low-income households have a difficult time obtaining and using these foods. Through nutrition workshops and cooking classes, the JSY program serves to empower low-income families in the Food Bank’s six-county service area to choose nutritious foods and create healthy meals for their families. Each workshop provides practical information using USDA-approved lesson plans, recipes, and cooking demonstrations featuring vegetables and fruits.

How does JSY work?

JSY nutritionists provide FREE nutrition education workshops at various community sites. Every JSY cooking demonstration includes:

  • Easy, low-cost recipes, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Tastings of the prepared recipes
  • Tips on new ways to use common pantry foods
  • Group discussions on popular nutrition topics and the use of food to support health

Click here to find out when our JSY nutritionists will be in your area.

Recipes from JSY

Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables is a USDA Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed). Get recipes from the national program!

Helpful Nutrition Information

Check out MyPlate for a simple visual of what a healthy diet looks like. Following the MyPlate guide can help ensure we are getting all the nutrients we need. Click here to view an explanation of MyPlate. Get your questions answered with these handouts:

JSY Seasonal Recipe Cards





Thank you to Fidelis Care for expanding the reach of our dietitians though support of our JSY Recipe Card initiative. Funded by Fidelis, JSY seasonal recipe cards are now available at partner agencies and Mobile Food Pantries, giving clients who may not be able to attend lessons access to nutrition and cooking tips offered by JSY dietitians.

Click the images below to download a recipe or click the buttons to download each seasonal series.

Be sure to ask your local food pantry for recipe cards you can collect!

JSY Cooks on WENY!

Our Just Say Yes nutritionists team up with WENY to bring you recipes and nutrition tips on cooking segments using foods available at food pantries. Each recipe is healthy, low cost and delicious!

Pear Crisp

Curried Butternut Squash

Sweet Potato Chili

Cabbage and Apple Slaw

If you are in need of assistance, find a nearby food pantry or meal program near you