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Who We Are

Our Primary Goals

Eat Smart New York has 3 primary objectives:

  1. Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables
  2. Increase physically active and balance calories every day as part of a healthy lifestyle
  3. Reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

We also help participants drink more water, choose fat-free or low-fat dairy, identify and choose whole grains, learn basic cooking skills, and more!

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Our Service Area

Eat Smart New York Western Region encompasses an 8-county region in Western New York. Our nutrition educators provide workshops and conduct events in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties. Our social marketing efforts extend to Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, where we partner with Food Link to provide Cooking Matters at the Store grocery store tours.

Our Staff

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County is the lead organization for the Eat Smart New York Western Region. Our 10 educators have experience in nutrition, health, and public health.

  • Autumn Howard, Nutrition Educator, Erie County
  • Becky O'Connor, Project Manager
  • Ben Glurich, Nutrition Educator, Niagara County
  • Christina Kasprzak, Nutrition Educator, Erie County
  • Justine Hays, Lead Nutrition Educator, Niagara County
  • Mallory Hardick, Nutrition Educator, Erie County
  • Marla Guarino, Nutrition Educator, Niagara County
  • Molly Howell, Nutrition Educator, Chautauqua County
  • Patty Hammond, Senior Nutrition Educator
  • Sheila Bass, Lead Nutrition Educator, Erie County
  • Stephanie Caputo, Nutrition Educator, Chautauqua County
  • Xyricka Ferry, Nutrition Educator, Erie County

To find nutrition workshops, classes, and events near you, contact an educator in your county:

  • Erie County: 716.822-2288
  • Niagara County - East: 716.433.8839 x 230
  • Niagara County - West: 716.299.0905 x 287 or 5
  • Chautauqua County - 716.363.6050
  • Cattaraugus County - 716.699.2377

Our Participants

Our FREE nutrition education and obesity prevention workshops and events are open to anyone who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or is eligible to receive SNAP benefits. Our participants include youth, families, adults, and seniors.

To find out if you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, visit mybenefits.ny.gov, or your local SNAP office.

Our Volunteers

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please visit the Contact Us page.

Our Collaborators

Eat Smart New York: Western Region is collaborating with community agencies, organizations, and schools on sustainable policy, systematic, and environmental approaches. Together, our goal is to make accessible and empower low-income and limited-resources Western New Yorkers to adopt healthful nutrition and physical activity behaviors conducive to positive health and well-being.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please visit the Contact Us page.