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 contact your local county Extension office.

Montgomery County
18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

In reponse to the COVID-19, the EFNEP state website has created a section about nutrition, food, and how these relate to COVID-19.  Click here to learn more!

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides free basic nutrition and physical activity education classes to low-income families. Trained nutrition educators teach lessons in a series of interactive workshops in many locations around the County.  Lessons are taught in English and Spanish.

Participants learn about how to stretch their food dollars, basic food groups, nutritious food choices, ideas for meal preparation, food safety, smart snacking, physical activity, and improving diet for a healthier lifestyle for individuals and families.  All lessons are provided FREE of cost!  

To learn more about our various programs, please click here.

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For more information, please contact:

Marlene L. Orantes          

(301) 590-3203         


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Los programas, actividades e instalaciones de la universidad están disponibles para todos sin distinción de raza, color, sexo, identidad o expresión de género, orientación sexual, estado civil, edad, origen nacional, afiliación política, discapacidad física o mental, religión, estado de veterano protegido, información genética, apariencia persona o cualquier otra clase legalmente protegida.

Family and Consumer Sciences

This FREE online DASH-Plus nutrition program is available to:

-Adults 55 and older who live in Maryland, AND

-Have high blood pressure (with or without taking medication).

It includes 8 weekly sessions (1 hour each session). Participants are encouraged to attend all 8 sessions. The sessions are free of charge, but registration for each session is required. For more details, please see the flyers below. You can register at:

Tuesday, Jul 6, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Introduction to DASH-Plus:

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Sodium:

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Grains:

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Dairy:

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Fruits & Vegetables:

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Shopping & Budgeting:

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Meats & Other Protein:

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Fats & Sweets:

This online series is being taught by Dr. Mona Habibi and Jeanette Jeffrey with the University of Maryland Extension.

Maryland SNAP Ed Program

COVID Resources

Stay Home, Eat Well, Keep Moving

Quédese en Casa, Coma Bien, Continúe Moviéndose

Maryland SNAP Ed Program offers these tips for eating healthy and staying active while at home.

The Maryland SNAP Ed 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.

The Maryland SNAP Ed Program 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

The Maryland SNAP Ed Program collaborates with community agencies to provide nutrition education programs to low-income families and individuals.

For more information on the Maryland Snap Ed Program in Montgomery County contact:

Annmarie Hart-Bookbinder

SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator

Project Leader



Yun (Michelle) Feng

SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator


Pam Hosimer

SNAP Ed Nutrition Educator


Erica Lupica

Administrative Assistant to SNAP Ed

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