University of Maryland Extension

Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE)

FSNE logoMaryland’s Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) program provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, handle food safely, improve shopping skills, and increase physical activity. FSNE also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program.

Core Nutrition Messages:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make half your grains whole
  • Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Switch to low-fat or non-fat milk and dairy foods
  • Eat lean proteins – beans, nuts, seeds, peanut/almond butters, eggs and fish
  • Cut back on foods high in solid fat, added sugars and salt
  • Encourage child feeding practices that foster healthy eating habits

FSNE in Allegany County collaborates with 4 major community agencies to provide nutrition education programs to low-income families and individuals.

Approximately 800 students are reached through a partnership with the Board of Education. Gardening for Nutrition is the focus for students at George’s Creek, Mt Savage, Braddock, Washington and Westmar. Pre K and K students at Beall and South Penn are tasting fruits and vegetables and learning where and how food grows. The after-school programs at Northeast, John Humbird, South Penn and West Side focus on healthy living through food choices and staying active.

HRDC organizes and operates funding for a variety of programs for youth, elderly adults and low-income families. Nearly 500 individuals receive nutrition education through collaboration with FSNE; Early Head Start families, 14 Head Start classrooms, and adult day care centers.

Friends Aware is a long-time partner with Allegany FSNE, being one of the original collaborators. FSNE trains FAI staff to teach nutrition curricula to participants in the day services program. Friends Aware maintains a fairly complex gardening project offering participants hands-on experiential learning.

A recent partnership with Maryland Food Bank provides Allegany County residents with fresh produce and pantry staples delivered to mobile food drops in 6 locations monthly. Host agencies are: Hope Station, St John’s/Arch St, Mt Savage Fire Hall, Bruce Outreach Center, Flintstone UMC, First Wesleyan/Cresaptown.

Please direct questions and inquiries to:      

Tammy Humberson, FSNE Project Leader and Educator or 301-724-3320

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