Florida Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

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The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) at the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service is the Florida component of the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). It is a partnership between USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Florida Department of Children and Families, UF/IFAS, and local County Extension Offices.

The goal of FNP is to reduce the risk of chronic disease, health complications, and
food borne illness and increase food security among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligible Florida residents by providing practical programming about making healthful food choices, balancing food and physical activity, keeping food
safe to eat, and food shopping on a budget.

FNP in Florida

Program Outcomes   State Office  County Offices

Program Outcomes

Over 142,000 Floridians received direct nutrition education through the Family Nutrition Program from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011 and almost 2.5 million residents were exposed to messaging through communication and events.

Following Family Nutrition Programming:

Children and Youth

    • 85% of students in Putnam County increased their nutrition knowledge.

    • 82% of students in Madison County reported they are willing to try new foods.

    • 81% of students in Pasco County increased healthful choices in nutrition or physical activity according to teachers surveyed.

    Older Adults 
    • 100% of older adults in Putnam County planned to eat more fruits and vegetables and increase physical activity upon completion of the Eat Smart Life Strong curriculum.

    • 72% of older adults in Suwanee County intended to use a shopping list.

General Adults

  • 62% of adults in Pinellas County reported the intent to make healthier food choices.

"I witnessed my students selecting healthier choices in the school cafeteria during breakfast and lunch and for class parties they have been bringing in fruits, nuts, and juice instead of soda!" - an elementary teacher in Pasco County

“My daughter only wants her sandwiches on whole grain breads and is eager to try new things to eat.” – parent in St. Johns County

“The program was an excellent way for my students to learn about making good choices when choosing a snack.  They enjoyed their snacks and learned to try different foods.  I could tell my students were paying attention to the lesson on reading labels because the next day at snacks, they were pointing at the labels and discussing them with their classmates.” – teacher in Santa Rosa County

State Office

The State Office Staff coordinate FNP budgets, curriculum, and county staff. All personnel, payroll, purchasing, and reimbursement functions are performed at the state level, located in McCarty Hall D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Karla Shelnutt, PhD, RD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Shelnutt is an Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist with a focus on obesity prevention in children, adolescents, and young adults. She oversees all grant activities and develops Extension nutrition education curricula that are used in the Family Nutrition Program.

Kimberly Klinger, Program Coordinator

Kimberly is responsible for day-to-day supervision of the State Office Staff. She monitors budgets, allocates funds, supervises personnel, interprets policies and procedures, and answers questions from county faculty and other parties. She is responsible for year-end reports and any other information requested by the the PI or others. Additional duties include organizing and presenting yearly FNP Extension Program Assistant training and monitoring county functions through county visits.

Jennifer Walsh, Nutrition Coordinator

Jennifer is the State Nutrition Specialist for EFNEP. She is responsible for the design and development of curriculum and materials. Other responsibilities include program planning, implementation and evaluation, development and presentation of workshops and seminars, liaison with related agencies and organizations, and public speaking.

Natalie Andrietta, Sr. Fiscal Assistant

Natalie processes travel reimbursements, personnel, payroll, and purchasing paperwork. She works closely with other administrative offices to ensure accuracy and timeliness of transactions. Natalie also assists Kimberly and Jennifer with special projects or activities.

County Offices

Currently, FNP is available in thirty-two counties. Please click on the links below to learn more about each office or unit.

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Alachua Bay Brevard Broward Collier Columbia Dixie / Gilchrist Flagler Lafayette
Leon Levy Liberty / Calhoun Miami-Dade Okaloosa / Walton Orange Osceola Pasco
Pinellas Putnam St. Johns St. Lucie Santa Rosa Sarasota Suwannee Taylor