University of Vermont Extension provides timely, research-based information and education to help Vermonters acquire skills to make informed choices about food, to promote healthy living and to support economic and social wellbeing.


Extension programs focus on the following Food and Nutrition areas:

Nutrition Education

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UVM Extension works with individuals, families, and community partners to promote healthy living.  Programs provide information and education to assist Vermonters in acquiring new skills and to make informed choices about their food.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Working with local partners, this state-wide program offers nutrition education programs for income-eligible adults and children.

Resources & Recipes Looking for healthy recipies?  Concerned about diabetes?  Packing lunches for a preschooler? Shopping on a budget? UVM Extension encourages and supports healthy eating and living.

Food Access

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Food security is defined as people having physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. These programs address how to increase this access.

Senior Farm Share  This program matches older adults living in subsidized housing with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, thereby increasing their access to fresh, local produce.

Bringing Food to the Desert  This 5-year project targets Vermont's Northeast Kingdom to explore ways to get more healthy, affordable and regionally produced food into independent markets in underserved communities.

Vermont Farm to School Network  These programs emphasize changing the food environment in schools so that youth have increased opportunities to select locally produced, healthy foods.

PDF icon Food Resources for Vermont Families (PDF) Detailed list of food and nutrition resources provided in Vermont, including sign-up, eligibility and program information. 

Food Safety

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Food Safety for Consumers A resurgence in home gardening and food production has led to renewed public interest in home food preservation. Using proper food handling and safety practices for these foods, as well as purchased foods, is essential to prevent food-borne illness.

The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) is one of four FDA/USDA funded regional centers tasked with coordinating training, education and outreach related to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule. NECAFS work focuses on coordination and facilitation of the Northeast regional network to support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system among small and medium-sized producers and small processors.

Healthy Eating Guidelines

Everything you eat and drink matters. MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. From the USDA. Icon