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CalFresh Nutrition Education Program

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Youth Education

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Ready After School Program participated in a 5K MyPlate Run to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Students enjoyed the MyPlate obstacle course and the healthy snacks that incorporated all five food groups.

The UC CalFresh Youth Nutrition Education Program provides no-cost curriculum, support and resources to all teachers in low-income Kings County Schools to deliver nutrition and physical activity education in the classrooms!

Adult Education

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In collaboration with local partners the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program provides evidence-based nutrition education to low income individuals and families. Our goal is to help consumers with information on food and nutrition, food safety, and resource management. No-cost classes are available to low-income adults residing in Kings County.

Click here to discover the classes we offer.

Senior Health and Wellness

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Transportation is an issue for some of our seniors in Kings County. This senior has found a way to get his physical activity in and receive food at the distribution site.

The Commission on Aging recognized that the seniors in Kings County were facing food insecurities. A collaborative partnership between the Commission on Aging, Feeding America Food Bank, Hanford Parks & Recreation and the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program to establish a monthly food distribution. The food distribution is held once a month on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 10am to 12pm at the Long Field Center. (560 S Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230. For More information click here!

School Wellness Policies

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Working on your school wellness policy or just would like it reviewed?

Contact us for an appointment.

  • We are up to date on the latest USDA reqirements
  • We are members of several School Wellness Committees
  • Active in providing research based youth curriculum on health and nutrition
  • UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program is a member of the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative
  • Free to qualifying school districts
Congratulations Lincoln Ready Program

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Lincoln Elementary Ready Program was selected as a Distinguished After School Health (DASH) award winner 2017. (California Department of Education)

Lincoln Ready program has been instrumental in bringing good nutrition, nutrition education and healthy behavior habits to their students.

The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program is thrilled to be a part of the team who works with Lincoln Elementary Ready Program to provide nutrition education.

SNAP-Ed Grant in Kings County

Kings County has two organizations who have received the SNAP-Ed grant, Kings Community Action Organization and the University of California Cooperative Extension Office. The implementing agencies in Kings County collaborate to provide educational and environmental support in helping SNAP-Ed eligible population consume healthy foods and beverages, decrease consumption of less healthy foods and beverages, and increase physical activity.

For more information about the grant and services we provide click here.

CalFresh Programs in other Counties

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Tulare/Kings Counties offer the CalFresh program for more information on what Tulare County offers: Click here

To find CalFresh Programs in California

Click here

Read about what UCCE is doing!
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    Bon Appetit!

    Would you be able to identify a pineapple slicer or 14 other cooking items? Well thirteen “ t'weens” had the opportunity to do just that during “Tweens in the Kitchen” sponsored by Hanford Parks and Recreation and CalFresh Healthy...


    By Susan L Lafferty
    Author - Community Educator, CalFresh
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    Sharing is the Most Magical Ingredient!

    West Hills College preschool kicks off its annual Stone Soup Event. Sue Lafferty, nutrition educator with CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California told the preschoolers, the story of a hungry traveler coming to a village where no one was...


    By Yesenia Medrano
    Author - Nutrition Educator, Tulare/Kings Counties
Gardens and Health

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The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program promotes gardens to encourage families to eat healthy and fresh. Click here to see all the ways that a garden can make a difference!

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

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Smarter Lunchrooms use simple, low-cost changes to the lunchroom enrivonment to get students to take and eat more healthy foods. The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program has two trained Technical Assitance Providers for this program.For more information about the program or how to start this at your school click here!

Here is one of the ways that TAP (Techical Assistant Providers can work with your school.

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Hanford Joint Union High School District Food Service Director asked us to help with a taste testing melons at all four high schools. Students were able to try at least two different melons and vote on which one they would like to see added to the menu.

UCDavis Center for Nutrition in Schools

Schools have an opportunity to play a key role in reversing the alarming trends of childhood obesity, inactivity, food insecurity, and poor food choices through comprehensive nutrition education programs. Teachers and school administrators have cited several obstacles: lack of nutrition resources, lack of curriculum that is linked to California content standards, and the need for training and professional development. In response, the UC Davis Department of Nutrition established the Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS). Connecting Food Health and Learning

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This material was produced by the University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education Program with funding from USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh(formerly food stamps). These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. For CalFresh information, call 1-877-847-3663.

For more information on our website for USDA

Find Nutrition & Physical Activity Resources in your Community

Would you like to locate a park or community center in your neighborhood? Visit the Nutrition and Physical Activity Resource Directory to find low or no-cost activities near you.