The FreshRx Program aims to address food insecurity, improve diet-related health outcomes, and reduce healthcare usage and costs by providing nutrition, cooking, and physical activity education. Cornell Cooperative Extension offers two series of classes: "Eat Healthy, Be Active," and "Cooking Matters in Your Community". Workshops include lectures, visuals, discussions, physical activity breaks, cooking demonstrations, and skills practice. Eligible participants can earn up to $240 in nutrition incentives for attending all workshops. In addition, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) can qualify participants for FreshRx nutrition incentive dollars. The DPP, offered by Shelly DeHaan of Garnet Health in partnership with certified life coaches, is currently accepting enrollees for this Fall. To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program, see attachments on the sidebar of this page or call (845) 794-3300, ext. 2106.
In summer of 2023, "Eat Healthy, Be Active" was offered in 3 locations with convenient access to the Sullivan Fresh Mobile Market. This Fall, "Cooking Matters in Your Community" will be offered at the CCE Education Center's state-of-the-art teaching kitchen at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754. See flyer and FAQ sheet for more information.
**Pre-registration required - please register at the link below.
Up-to-date class offerings and registration can be found at: https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/main/events.cfm?dept=248
How it works:
Nutrition and cooking classes are available free of cost for all interested community members upon registration. Individuals who qualify for SNAP benefits or Medicaid can earn $20 per class attended in nutrition incentive credits, which can be used to buy farm-fresh local fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers' Markets, including the Sullivan Fresh Farmers' Market and all of the Sullivan Fresh Mobile Market stops. The Diabetes Prevention Program is open only to those eligible for SNAP/EBT or Medicaid. You can view SNAP eligibility requirements by visiting https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1320.
In order to receive FreshRx credit, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility in the form of a current EBT or Medicaid card.
If you are interested, please register here and we will reach out to you with next steps. Please also spread the word to friends, family, and/or clients who may be interested in learning more about diet- and lifestyle-related ways to improve their health!
FreshRx is a Produce Prescription Program funded by the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program and provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County in partnership with Garnet Health.
View the links below for more information.
Last updated September 27, 2023