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
  • Kitchen gifts to help clients make healthy recipes at home

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

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:
7 Salty Myths Busted
Gluten Information
Spices & Herbs
Sodium in Canned Foods
Sugar Information

Safely Can Foods
Eating Healthy on a Budget Tips & Recipes

Exercise and Physical Activity Tips
MyPlate for Blood Sugar Control

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is a SNAP-Ed Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Department of Health.  

For more information about JSY in Schuyler and Tompkins counties contact:
Paddy Redihan, JSY Manager
at 607.796.6061 or email 

For more information about JSY in Broome, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga counties contact:
Elisa Rocks, JSY Nutritionist
at 607.796.6061 or email 

For more information, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-346-2211) or visit
You might be eligible to receive monthly food assistance through SNAP (food stamps). Click here to learn more, or call 607-796-5592.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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