University of Maryland Extension

Food & Nutrition

 
Educating school communities involves classroom lessons, parent engagement, after school nutrition lessons, physical activity, and working with school administrators to change policies to ensure a healthy learning environment. Our Smarter Lunchroom interventions also serve to educate our school community with cafeteria staff trainings, line enhancements, student engagement events, and cafeteria tastings.  The Maryland SNAP Ed Program also supports school gardens through funding and direct education. 
Education at food assistance sites involves educational displays, brochures, and recipe distribution.  It also includes training with the pantry staff regarding the procurement and promotion of healthier foods.  Pantry intervention can include materials and tastings that promote healthy pantry selections and recipes.  
 


Food plays an important role in our lives.  It provides sustenance, pleasure and has a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. Through nutrition, health and fitness programs, Extension educators enable Maryland families, individuals and employees to make healthier choices for themselves and those they care for.
Extension educators provide programs in topics such as food safely and preventing foodborne illness, food preservation, and nutrition education for youth and adults.

For more information on nutrition programs offered in Maryland click on the link below:

For more information about local programs on food and nutrition in Allegany County, contact Allegany office Agent Associate Tammy Humbertson at 301-724-3320 (tammyh@umd.edu).

For more information about state-wide programs and initiatives, contact UME Extension Educator Lisa McCoy at 301-791-1304 or at lmccoy@umd.edu.

Lisa McCoy, RD, UME Senior Agent Associate, is a family and consumer-sciences educator with University of Maryland Extension serving Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

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