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.  

Eating fruits and vegetables everyday can reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, yet many low-income households have a difficult time obtaining and using these foods. The JSY program increases awareness of the benefits of a healthy diet that includes fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables.

Using nutrition education workshops and food demonstrations, JSY works to ensure that low-income families in the Food Bank's six-county service area eat nutritious food, make the most of their food budgets, and prepare foods in a safe manner. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA-approved lesson plans, recipes, and cooking demonstrations featuring fruits and vegetables.

How does JSY work?

JSY nutritionists provide FREE nutrition education workshops at various community sites. 

Every JSY program includes:

- Easy, low-cost recipes.

- A tasting of a recipe made with featured fruits or vegetables.

- Tips and ideas for planning and preparing delicious, healthy meals.

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

JSY Monthly News and Recipes

Click here for seasonal recipes or here for a one month menu of summertime meals.
Click here for the July/August newsletter

Helpful Nutrition Information

Get your questions answered with these awesome 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

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 nutrients we need. 

Click here to view an explanation of MyPlate

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 Bernardo, JSY Nutritionist
at 607.796.6061 or email 

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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