Nutrition Links

The Nutrition Links program offers free nutrition education programs to participants eligible for public assistance to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a healthful diet on a limited budget.

Updated: August 31, 2017

About Nutrition Links

Nutrition Links provides research-based nutrition education to help people and families with limited resources enhance their nutrition, increase their physical activity and develop life skills needed for self-sufficiency and better health.

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

Our classes are a very rewarding experience for everyone, impacting the health and well-being of the entire family. We partner with many agencies in the community to enhance the services offered and reach the limited-resource audience.

Nutrition Links is federally funded and supported by local resources/dollars. Funds come from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), known in PA as PA TRACKS.

Penn State Extension Nutrition Links is part of Extension’s mission.

"I love this class, I believe everyone should take this class." -Class participant

Primary Audiences:

  • Families with young children (under the age of 19) living in either rural or urban areas who are responsible for the planning, purchasing and preparing of the family's food
  • Pregnant women
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teens
  • School-age youth (5 - 19 years of age)
  • Preschoolers and their parents
  • Adults and Seniors

Participants are taught how to:

  • make 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
  • increase physical activity

Nutrition Links provides:

  • program lessons
  • food demonstrations
  • displays, newsletters, and handouts
  • hands-on cooking experiences to groups and/or individuals at various locations