FNP instructor shows child

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a nutrition education program for families and individuals that are on a limited budget. The program helps participants develop skills that lead to:

  • Improved diet through selection of nutritious foods
  • Better food selection and food storage practices
  • Better food safety practices when handling foods
  • Effective management of food resources

Program activities include:

  • Small groups education programs
  • Food preparation demonstrations
  • Distribution of newsletters and fact sheets

FNP educators teach our children in schools about the different food groups and the importance of choosing foods that help them grow. Seniors at congregate meals sites learn about keeping food safe, eating on a budget, and preparing meals for one or two. Parents and care givers are learn to plan and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals for the family.

Come to the Family Nutrition Program education activities and you'll learn about meal planning, healthy eating for the family, and how to stretch your food dollars.

Resources for Needy Families

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Recovery 1-800-HELP-FLA
State Food Stamp Information, Florida Hotline 1-866-762-2237
Sarasota County Health Department 941-861-2900
Florida WIC State Agency 1-800-342-3556


Healthy eating, happy fishing and happy holidays

By AMBER WARD, Extension Program Manager, Family Nutrition Program and ARMANDO UBEDA, Florida Sea Grant, Sarasota County Extension Agent With the holidays approaching, it is good to know that Florida makes it easier for many residents to save money and eat healthy. Qualifying Florida residents/anglers can fish for free from a saltwater shoreline or on a structure attached to