Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Because One Hungry Neighbor
Is ONE Too Many.



What is the Just Say Yes Program?

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is a SNAP-Ed Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Department of Health.  

Eating fruits and vegetables everyday can reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, yet many low-income households have a difficult time obtaining and using these foods. The JSY program increases awareness of the benefits of a healthy diet that includes fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables.

Using nutrition education workshops and food demonstrations, JSY works to ensure that low-income families in the Food Bank's six-county service area eat nutritious food, make the most of their food budgets, and prepare foods in a safe manner. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA-approved lesson plans, recipes, and cooking demonstrations featuring fruits and vegetables.

How does JSY work?

JSY nutritionists provide FREE nutrition education workshops at various community sites. Every JSY program includes:

  - Easy, low-cost recipes.

  - A tasting of a recipe made with featured fruits or vegetables.

  - Tips and ideas for planning and preparing delicious, healthy meals.

In 2013, the Food Bank's JSY Coordinator conducted 94 workshops, for a total of 1,680 participants.

Click here to download a JSY fact sheet.

JSY Monthly News and Recipes

Click below to download the monthly newsletter from our JSY Coordinator with a featured recipe and healthy tips:

2014 Newsletters:

2013 Newsletters:

November/December Newsletter
September/October Newsletter
July/August Newsletter
May/June Newsletter
April Newsletter
March Newsletter

Click below to download recipes and tips:
Summer Squash I
Summer Squash II

Upcoming Events and Demonstrations

Click here to see when our JSY Coordinator will be in your area.

For more information about JSY in Schuyler and Tompkins counties contact
Paddy Redihan, JSY Manager
at 607.796.6061 or email

For more information about JSY in Broome, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga counties contact
Elisa Bernardo, JSY Nutritionist
at 607.796.6061 or email

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