Working together to build and sustain
hunger-free communities
throughout the Southern Tier.



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.

JSY in the Community

The Food Bank's focus is on fresh food and healthy choices. Our JSY Nutritionist Elisa Bernardo (above) is concentrating on programs designed to target the nutritional needs of seniors.
Click here to find out how.

Click here to find out when our JSY nutritionists will be in your area.

JSY Monthly News and Recipes

Click here for seasonal fall recipes

Canning Your Own Food This Winter?
Click here for a guide to safely can foods. More information can also be found here.

Links below for informative infographics:
7 Salty Myths Busted
Gluten Information
Spices & Herbs
Sodium in Canned Foods
Sugar Information

Click below to download the monthly newsletter from our JSY Coordinator with a featured recipe and healthy tips:
October/November 2015
January/February 2015

Click here
for a MyPlate visual

Click here to view an explanation of MyPlate

Click here for tips on exercise and physical activity.
Click here for the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series for printable, easy-to-follow tips.

Click below for more healthy recipes and tips:


Upcoming Events and Demonstrations
Click here to see when our JSY workshops 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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