Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is a Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture with matching funds from the New York State Department of Health. JSY is a collaborative effort between the New York State Department of Health’s Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (RFBNENY).

JSY, in partnership with organizations that serve hungry people, is dedicated to improving the health and nutritional status of Food Stamp recipients in New York State. The Project accomplishes this goal by providing comprehensive nutrition education programs for Food Stamp recipients and applicants at locations such as food pantries, shelters, and various other community sites throughout New York State.

Eating fruits and vegetables every day can reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, yet many low-income households have a difficult time obtaining and using fruits and vegetables. JSY increases the awareness of the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. The program helps individuals and families who use food stamps gain the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy food choices. JSY nutritionists provide practical fruit and vegetable nutrition education sessions at various community sites, and bring the supplies needed to conduct the classes. They emphasize the use of frozen, canned and dried products, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Every JSY presentation includes easy, low-cost recipes, a sample tasting of a recipe made with the featured fruit or vegetable, and tips and ideas for planning and preparing delicious, healthy meals.

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