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McKean

Nutrition Links provides free classes for youth, adults and seniors in McKean County. Classes include hands-on activities and food tastings whenever possible.

Services Offered

In McKean County we provide classes to help limited income adults and senior citizens learn how to:

  • Stretch food dollars
  • Plan and prepare tasty, healthful meals
  • Handle food in a safe manner
  • Use SNAP benefits and other resources wisely

Participants must be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but don't have to be currently receiving SNAP benefits. For some classes, participants must either be pregnant or have children under the age of 19. Adults with primary responsibility for care and feeding a child(ren) under age 19 are also eligible. Participants should be responsible for planning and preparing family meals.

We also work in selected schools and community locations to teach youth how to:

  • Select low-cost nutritious foods
  • Prepare healthy foods
  • Handle food in a safe manner
  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Increase physical activity

All classes for youth, adults and senior citizens are free. Contact our staff in your county to join a class!

Impact Reports

In FY17 we provided classes to 40 adult participants reaching 121 family members.

  • 68% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices (i.e. plans meals, compares prices, does not run out of food or uses grocery lists).
  • 77% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices (i.e. plans meals, makes healthy food choices, prepares foods without adding salt, reads nutrition labels or has children eat breakfast).
  • 61% of surveyed participants showed improvement in one or more of the food safety practices (i.e. thawing and storing foods properly).
  • Average cost savings on food per family/ per month:$85

We also provided classes to 17 school age youth.

  • 86% Children and youth improved their abilities to choose foods according to Federal Dietary Recommendations.
  • 71% Children and youth use safe food handling practices more often.
  • 57% Children and youth improved their physical activity practices.

McKean County Contacts

  • Nutrition Education Adviser


814-776-5331

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nutrition

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