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MU Extension programs, workshops, classes, newsletters, resources and events


Live Like Your Life Depends On It coloring book

A food safety and nutrition coloring book from Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension


Books and Bites

Food-related books and activities produced in conjunction with the Summer Library Reading Program.


Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP)

A statewide effort aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state and local parks. Includes the development of a model ESIP policy to train state and local parks on serving healthier items.


Eating From the Garden

MU Extension program that provides research-based information to high-needs youth in schools and community programs to promote nutrition and gardening activities.


Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP)
Nutrition education programs for individuals and families. Nutrition educators meet participants in homes, schools and at agencies.


Farm to School Missouri

Based on research from the National Farm to School Network, the goal of this program is to get more locally grown products into the cafeterias of schools, daycare centers, colleges, hospitals, businesses and other institutions. Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers.


Food Pantry Recipe Cards

Statewide program in which MU Extension provides food pantries in Missouri with cards that contain two seasonal recipes and a physical activity tip. These cards are mailed to the participating pantries each month so they can be distributed to their clients. This project is funded through USDA’s SNAP Ed.


Friday Backpack Program

Statewide program in which food banks provide children with ready-to-eat food in backpacks on Fridays. MU Extension supplements this program by providing educational materials to the organizations that assemble the backpacks. This project is funded through USDA’s SNAP Ed.


From Harvest to Health
Articles on how to select, store, prepare and preserve a variety of farm-fresh produce.



Additional Resources


Healthy Shelves

Healthy Shelves: Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries is a new publication by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. This 24-page booklet offers tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers. The complete booklet including supplemental materials can be downloaded from the Healthy Shelves home page.


North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence (NC-NECE)

A coalition established to help the USDA meet its program goal of improving low-income Americans’ health through more effective nutrition education.


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