Nutrition Education

Lynette Patterson, Sugar-How Much Are You Drinking?

Jamie Fitch, OFNP Faculty/Instructor teaches a lesson to elementary pupils.

About the Oregon Family Nutrition Program

The Nutrition Education Programs of OSU Extension Services in Central Oregon serves a variety of audiences in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.  The Oregon Family Nutrition Program (OFNP) provides nutrition education, food safety and food resource management education to individuals, receiving or eligible for food stamps.  Nutrition education is offered to children, adults, families, including senior and single adults.

The Oregon Family Nutrition Program provides educational opportunities at schools, community sites, businesses and agencies.  OFNP offers the following:

♦ Partnerships with public and private service providers to enhance and expand education services.

♦ One-time single events such as workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, etc.

♦ Series of nutrition education classes that includes:

Making healthy food choices

Eating fruits and vegetables       

Choosing meals and snacks that reduce fats, sugar and salt

Preparing inexpensive healthy meals  

Food safety

Staying physically fit

Nutrition Education Volunteer Application - mail to the address below

Concerned about the food and shopping choices people are making that affects their health? If you enjoy helping people discover ways to improve their lifestyle then you might enjoy becoming a Family Food Education Volunteer in Central Oregon for OSU Extension. Volunteers demonstrate cooking healthy recipes at food pantries and some community agencies and encourage the public to take small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Volunteers may also have opportunities to help lead nutrition classes along side our OSU Extension staff. All information and resources are research-based.

To become a Nutrition Education Volunteer applicants participate in a 6 hour training session at the OSU/Deschutes County Extension office. Once trained, volunteers commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteers can go out into community food pantries and do recipe demonstrations to teach clients how to cook with healthy foods. They also have the option to team teach nutrition classes to youth or work in an office support role for various projects.  Click here to read more about the program and see the application. To register for the class, contact Katie Ahern, Faculty/Instructor at

Staff Resources


Nutrition Links


United States Department of Agriculture

Oregon Dairy Council Nutrition Education Services 

Food Hero

Fruits & Veggies Matter


For more information or to schedule a class or an event, please contact:

Katie Ahern

Email: Katie Ahern

Oregon State University Extension/Deschutes County
3893 SW Airport Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756-8697
Telephone: 541-306-6067
Fax: 541-548-8919

Share this