Partnerships: Better Together
Partnerships can be described as a collaborative relationship between organizations. These relationships provide an opportunity to for organizations to deliver practical solutions to community concerns. Partnerships exist as a means for organizations to work towards shared goals.
UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program – Suwannee County
The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP) empowers Floridians with limited resources to take control of their health. The program teaches local residents how to eat healthy on a budget and to get physically active in order to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease.
FNP is offered through the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program. FNP offers free nutrition education in schools, childcare centers, grocery stores and other community locations. In FNP, eligible adults and youth learn the principles of nutrition, food preparation, meal planning, food buying, food storage, sanitation, and strategies for increasing physical activity. The free program is offered in 40 Florida counties including Suwannee County.
The FNP and Save A Lot Partnership
The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) has partnered with Save A Lot grocery store in Live Oak, FL to provide monthly food demonstrations to Suwannee County residents. This event has been a great success as it allows customers to sample healthy, low cost recipes as they learn about health eating and food resource management from the FNP Program Assistant – Bonnie Box. Some of the featured recipes have included mango salsa, barley jambalaya, homemade granola and northwest apple salad. The ingredients used for the food demonstrations are purchased from Save A Lot making it easier for customer to purchase recipe ingredients while grocery shopping.
Food demo at Save a Lot, Live Oak, FL