UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program
In collaboration with local partners, the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program aims to provide classroom and garden enhanced nutrition education and obesity prevention services to low-income individuals, families and schools. Bridging the learning and knowledge of the UC system and our communities, we tailor the latest science and dietary guidelines to meet the needs and culture of our program recipients. Ultimately, our goal is to facilitate the creation of healthier communities by educating community members to: 1) make informed nutrition and physical activity decisions; 2) maximize their food resources; and 3) identify opportunities to advocate for healthier communities.
The University of California’s CalFresh Nutrition Education Program (UC CalFresh NEP) is funded by the USDA and delivered by the University of California Cooperative Extension to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. In collaboration with local partners, UC CalFresh provides evidenced-based nutrition education to CalFresh recipients and other low-income individuals and families. It acts as a vital bridge with the community by tailoring the latest science, curriculum, and nutrition information to the needs of low-income families.
The UC CalFresh NEP program partners with schools and communities to provide comprehensive nutrition education programming. This comprehensive program model recognizes that 1) schools serve as community hubs and can potentially be hubs of health and wellness, and 2) an individual's nutrition and physical activity decisions are heavily influenced by the community and environment in which they live, work and play.
Nutrition Education Services include:
- Classroom curriculum kits and food demonstrations
- Garden nutrition education
- Physical activity training, lessons and brain breaks
- School lunch partnership and promotion
- Positive youth development through Student Nutrition Advisory Councils
- Parent and community involvement
None of this work would be possible without our partners in school health including: Teachers, P.E. Specialists, UC Garden Nutrition Extenders, Principals & Administrators, Food Service Staff, the 4-H Youth Development Program, Maintenance and Operations Staff, LiveWell Santa Barbara County, HEAL-SLO, UC Master Gardeners, UC Master Food Preservers, Healthy School Pantry & THRIVE Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County Food Bank, GLEANSLO, Farm Supply, Orchard Supply Hardware