Eat Smart New York (ESNY) helps people with limited incomes learn how to eat better for less money. Read more in our brochure.  ESNY is a free, confidential nutrition education program to help you and your family manage your food resources during tough economic times.

You are eligible to participate if you are applying for or currently receive food stamps, or you are in receipt of or participate in WIC, Head Start, Medicaid, Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Lessons can take place in community space. Together, you and a nutrition educator will plan practical, hands-on activities and healthy meals  that will help you and your family. As well as exploring the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle.

The North Country SNAP-ED team works with residents of the following Counties in New York State:

St. Lawrence

Join us for a FREE one-time workshop, or a few classes, that will help you learn to fill your grocery cart and dinner table with healthy and inexpensive foods. Our nutrition educators – can help you learn about cooking, meal planning, healthy food shopping on a budget, nutrition, food safety, weight control and physical activity, and much more.

You’ll learn:

  • to prepare easy, good-tasting, low-cost meals in minutes.
  • to spend less time at the grocery store and buy healthier food with your money and SNAP benefits.
  • to make healthy meals and snacks that children will love.
  • to plan meals, prepare and store food safely, and use less salt, sugar, and fat when you cook.
  • to read and understand food labels.
  • to make healthy lifestyle changes part of every day.

Our classes are FREE and the only cost to you is your time. Use our self-referral form or agency-referral form to request to attend a class. Our ESNY program is funded by USDA SNAP Nutrition Education.

For more information, contact Cynthia Donovan, Program Manager at CCE Oneida County (315) 736-3394 ext 106 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday) or by emailing  See the webpage at


Find current state newsletters, and the archive of Herkimer newsletters at our ESNY Newsletters page.

For more information on SNAP, and to see if you may be eligible for food assistance, see

Go to to make healthy lifestyle choices.







ESNY Core Messages: 

Eat Healthy, Be Active Tips (Videos and Handouts)

This series was developed by, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.   To view the videos, click here. Handouts are included after each video.

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