Food and Nutrition


Food Insecurity Resources

Children and adults face hunger and food insecurity in every community across the country. Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of an individual or family's lack of access to enough food, or nurtrtionally adequate food, for all household members to live an active, healthy life. This issue may be temporary or long-term. Adults and children may face serious health consequences when they are forced to choose between spending money on basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

Are you dealing with food insecurity?  Search the WV FOODLINK Food Resource Finder map​ to locate information about food resources across the Mountain State. 

Nutrition Resources


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federally funded grant program. SNAP-Ed is evidence-based and helps people make their SNAP dollars stretch, teaches them how to cook healthy meals, and lead physically active lifestyles.SNAP-Ed is federally funded and administered by the WV DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance. Our bureau conducts needs assessments to ensure that SNAP-Ed is delivered in a hands-on and tailored way for their communities. 

SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based, public health projects and interventions. A network of over 28,000 local partners work within West Virginia and across the United States to deliver SNAP-Ed.​​

​March is National Nutrition Month®​, and this year's theme is "Beyond the Table," which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets — and even home food safety and storage practices. It also describes the various ways we eat — not only around a dinner table, but also on the go, in schools and restaurants, at games and events. This theme also includes sustainability, for instance, decreasing food waste from school and work to home and beyond. For more information, visit the SNAP-Ed website.

​WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths, and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, visit the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program website​


FARMacy is a weekly program where doctors “prescribe” fresh, healthy, locally grown foods to food-insecure patients with chronic diet-related diseases.

Doctors identify patients who struggle with food security and whose medial conditions would benefit from dietary changes. Then they provide a “prescription” entitling patients to free weekly bags of fruits and vegetables from pop-up farmers markets held at their doctor’s office or clinic. Farmers are on hand at those markets to talk about produce and FNP nutrition educators provide taste-tests, recipe demonstrations, recipe handouts, opportunities for physical activity and nutrition education classes.​

For more information, visit the Farmacy website. ​

Eating Smart, Being Active

Eating Smart, Being Active is an evidence-based healthy eating and active living curriculum for low-income families. The program is broken into nine lessons, taught by nutrition educators over six to nine weeks in small groups of six to 12 students. Lessons focus on five core areas—diet quality, physical activity, food safety, food security and food resource management. Each class includes instruction, recipe preparation, physical activity, interactive discussion and hands-on activities. Students receive incentives, like food thermometers, measuring spoons and recipes, with each lesson. When they complete the program, students receive graduation certificates and cookbooks.

For more information, visit the Eating Smart, Being Active website.

Rethink Your Drink

​More and more West Virginians — young and old — are making the healthy choice by moving away from soda (pop) and other sugary drinks. The West Virginia Oral Health Coalition launched the Rethink Your Drink website to make it easier for parents, teens, schools and others to make healthy drink choices. We want our friends, neighbors, and families to live happy and healthy lives. Sugary drinks can interfere with that goal. Type your favorite drink into the search bar on the homepage, and the Better Drink Finder will help you find healthier choices you will love.