Nutrition, Food Safety and Security, and Obesity Prevention

Partnering with the College of Human Ecology outreach centers, institutes and departments, Cornell Cooperative Extension nutrition programs connect research and practice, are highly collaborative, build on community strengths, and provide knowledge for policymakers.

Research-based education is focused on reducing childhood obesity, improving nutrition, and increasing food security and safety.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


Promoting positive nutrition practices, wise use of resources, securing access to nutritious and safe food, and fostering food secure communities through programming focused on on low-income individuals and families.

Farm to School programs link schools with local farms. Programs vary but often include: school meals featuring local foods, food and agriculture education in the classroom, school gardens, field trips to farms, and celebrations.

Local food consumption has been steadily increasing over the past decade. There has been a significant amount of growth in outlets like farmers' markets and community supported agriculture. CCE fosters this growth through innovative programming and targeted consultations.

Program Area Lead

Kim Kopko
Associate Director, Human Ecology
Faculty Spotlight
Jamie Dollahite
Leads Food and Nutrition Education in Communities programs, including the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.