Just Say YES to Fruits & Vegetables Curriculum

JSY is a nutrition education initiative designed to prevent overweight/obesity and reduce long term chronic disease risks through the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The program receives statewide federal funding through USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) project, funds from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP); to deliver nutrition education for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


The Stellar Farmers’ Market Program, which is a collaboration between the NYS DOH and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYSDOHMH). This initiative promotes the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets in targeted low income communities in NYC. For more information visit Stellar Farmers Markets. – (this is referenced in the webinar found here)

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables, which is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and Emergency Food Relief Organizations. Led by eight regional Food Banks, a statewide network of nutritionists deliver comprehensive nutrition education activities across NYS, focusing their efforts primarily in food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens.

Eating Healthy On A Budget Online Training Program for Clients

JSY-Cookbook_2015_English – great addition to graduation bags!

JSY-Cookbook_2015_Spanish – great addition to graduation bags!

Low Cost Recipes


JSY lesson plans address three core SNAP-Ed nutrition topics including:

  • Dietary Quality: Improve dietary quality by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Food Safety: Safely handle, prepare and store fruits and vegetables
  • Food Resource Management: Enhance efforts to manage resources and shop for fruits and vegetables in a cost-efficient manner

Lesson Plan 1: Fruits & Vegetables
Lesson Plan 2: My Plate
Lesson Plan 3: Stretching Food Dollars
Lesson Plan 4: Food Safety
Lesson Plan 5: Fiber
Lesson Plan 6: Portion Sizes
Lesson Plan 7: Meal Planning
Lesson Plan 8: Beans
Lesson Plan 9: Nutrition Facts Label
Lesson Plan 10: Healthy Beverages
Lesson Plan 11: Coming soon (link to website currently broken)


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Additional Handouts found on website:  http://jsyfruitveggies.org/professional_resources/

The Urban Farmers’ Market Program, which is a collaboration between NYS DOH and three upstate NY food banks located at the Rochester Public Market, Buffalo Elmwood Bidwell Farmers’ Market and Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. This initiative replicates NYC’s Stellar Farmers’ Market in urban farmers’ markets with high EBT usage in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse N.Y.