Stretching Your Food Dollar
Good health and good food go hand in hand. Our Nutrition Education Program (OFNP) teaches low income families how to make better food choices, handle food safely and get the most out of their food dollar. Information is shared through classes, displays, food demonstrations and more.
Money Saving Tips
Thrifty Meals - How can you serve healthy meals on a limited budget?
Grocery List - NEP Grocery List
Weekly Meal Planner - Plan weekly meals with your family.
10 Quick Grocery Tips - 4-page handout on simple steps for saving money at the grocery store.
Eat Right When Money is Tight - 2-page handout from USDA on tips to stretch food dollar
Food Hero Recipes: OSU Extension's website with tested, low cost, healthy recipes. Also lots of tips on how to feed you and your family.Visit Iowa State Extension's Spend Smart. Eat Smart for simple steps to a economical healthy eating plan.
Food Hero Monthly: Two-page newsletter in English & Spanish where healthy food is fast, fun and fits your budget. For a downloadable version of the newsletter click here.
Need Help Accessing Food?
Low income families learn to plan nutritious meals that save time and money.
Feeding Your Family & Money for Food are two classes we teach to adults at various locations throughout the community. Please call our office to register at 541-883-7131.
Food is Fun is our youth nutrition program typically taught in schools (K-6th grades) with 50% or more of students recieving free/reduced price lunch. Our goal is to teach in a fun but meaningful way--lots of hands-on activities. The series consists of 4 session each lasting about 45-60 minutes. More Information
Train the Trainer is designed to teach other professionals about nutrition and fitness. We can adpat our training to the needs of your institution.
Websites: Managing During Difficult Times
Extension Financial Crisis Resources: Get tips on how to manage during tough economic times. Topics include debt management, avoiding mortgage crisis, how job loss affects kids, stretching your food dollar and more. Also visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/emergency/tough_times.php
Oregon SafeNet (1-800-SAFENET): Statewide helpline for health & social services. Information on Food Stamps, WIC, Immunizations, Child Abuse, Oregon Health Plan, Prescription Assistance Programs, Family Planning, Prenatal Care, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Seasonal Programs (summer food sites, flu shots).
Oregon Helps: Determine eligibility for social service programs listed above by inputting information on family size, income, disabilities, medical & housing expenses and citizenship.
The Beehive: National website with local branches (Portland & Washington Co). Information for low income families on how to improve their standard of living and make more informed choices and build assets.
MedlinePlus: Free, high quality health information in English & Spanish created for consumers by the National Library of Medicine.