Nutrition Links Program: Helping Families

Posted: December 17, 2014

The Nutrition Links program provides education on topics such as food and nutrition safety, food preparation, and food budgeting to thousands of Pennsylvania citizens with limited resources.

Nutrition Links programming is made up of two programs, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP-Ed), known in Pennsylvania as PA TRACKS. The programs have different funding sources and target audiences, but work together to serve low income residents in Pennsylvania.

Classes include hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations to reinforce the learning process. Evaluation data demonstrates the effectiveness of the program impact on participants' behaviors in food selection, dietary intake, management of resources and food safety.

Classes are a very rewarding experience for everyone, impacting the health and well-being of the entire family. Nutrition Links partners with many agencies in the community to enhance the services offered and reach limited-resource audiences.

The Nutrition Links program works with families with young children (under the age of 19) living in either rural or urban areas who are responsible for the planning, purchasing and preparation of the family's food, as well as pregnant women, pregnant and parenting teens, school-age youth (5 - 19 years of age), preschoolers and their parents, adults, and seniors.

Program participants are advised on making positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation, practice safe storage and handling of food and increase physical activity. The series of classes includes nutrition lessons, food demonstrations and hands-on cooking experience.

Stateside in Fiscal Year 2013, Nutrition Links provided programming in 59 counties:

Type of Programming Adults Youth
Direct Programming 7,533 12,893
Direct Contacts 63,859 362,187
Indirect Contacts 107,906 52,105

Contact your county Extension office to discover Nutrition Links free educational programs in your area.

Contact Information

Laurie Weinreb-Welch, MPH, MCHES
  • Extension Educator: Food,Families and Health
Phone: 570-433-3040