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Family Nutrition Program

Helping Hoosiers Eat Better for Less, One Person at a Time

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) increases the ability of individuals and families with limited resources to utilize their food dollars and food stamps appropriately and provide a safe meal environment. Through free, informal, and easily accessible educational programs in the home and community, participants can develop knowledge and skill related to nutrition and meal planning, food purchasing and preparation, food safety, and resource management.

Come Learn With Us

FNP assistants deliver behavior focused nutrition education to participants in home and community settings, helping individuals and families to select nutritious foods that fit within their budget. Through live cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants learn how to invest food dollars into the best nutritious food choices, stretch food dollars to last the whole month, make healthy choices when eating out, protect your family from food-borne illnesses, and plan meals that their family will love.

The FNP program will help you:

Stretch your food dollars to last the whole month
Plan fast and easy meals that your family will love
Find out about food stamp benefits and other community resources
Make sense of the latest nutrition information
Make healthy snacks for your children
Make vegetables fun and tasty
Make healthy choices when eating out

It's Free and Fun

At home or group sessions you will be able to:

Earn a free cookbook and other handy kitchen items
View and participate in live cooking demonstrations
Sample prepared food
Participate in hands-on learning activities
Take home easy low cost recipes
Learn basic food preparation skills

FNP Reaches Limited Resource Audiences

The FNP program serves anyone who has limited resources, including families, single adults, seniors, and special audiences.  In several counties, we hire staff to focus specifically on a youth audience.  Contact the Purdue Extension office in your county for information about what's available in your area.

FNP works in collaboration with many community agencies and organizations such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), IMPACT, Head Start, food pantries, soup kitchens, senior nutrition programs, CAP, and schools. A statewide initiative, the program is funded by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Indiana Family & Social Services and the United States Department of Agriculture.