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Family Nutrition Program


The Family Nutrition Program is operated by the Pasco Extension Office from a satellite office in Land O' Lakes, Florida. The program, funded by the USDA, is specifically designed to target Title 1 schools and low income families to include education for both children and the elderly. The Family Nutrition Program has four program assistants and a program manager all experts in family nutrition education. Program assistants work throughout many Pasco County schools, organizations, and with volunteer groups to provide education on topics ranging from healthy eating and school garden guidance/aid to obesity prevention. For more information, or to see if your school or organization is eligible for educational services on site, please contact Janet Ortiz, Program Manager, at or call 813-929-2725. 

Visit UF's State Family Nutrition Program Website. 

What are SNAP/SNAP-Ed and FNP?
One in three children in the US are overweight or obese.  Yet at the same time, one in five families struggle with food insecurity—not knowing from one day to the next whether their families will have enough to eat.

Nationally, SNAP and SNAP-Ed, locally Pasco Family Nutrition Program (FNP), are working hand-in-hand to help support families to eat healthily.  SNAP (food stamps) provides families with support in affording food; SNAP-Ed, the nutrition education program, helps SNAP and low-income families find, buy and prepare healthier foods on their limited budgets.  From schools, to the YMCA, to farmer's markets, SNAP-Ed works.

Our new SNAP-Ed infographic illustration demonstrates how critical SNAP-Ed is in supporting healthy eating: though it makes up just a fraction of SNAP funding, SNAP-Ed efforts are making a real difference.

Healthy Food Choices in Schools
A program that provides free online educational/informational tools and resources that empower school foodservice directors and staff, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, parents and after-school programs to make changes that encourage children to make healthier food selections in school food environments, without undermining revenue.

"Lunch Box Safety" (3:25) Dr. Keith Schneider explains how to keep children's lunch from home a safe one.

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Contact Us

Phone (352) 518-0156

Fax  (352) 523-1921

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Main Office Address
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525-5198

8:00am – 5pm

Satellite Office- Land O' Lakes Address
(Family Nutrition Program)
4111 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Suite 314
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639-4437

8:30am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

Inside Pasco County, county offices may be reached through the main switchboard using the following local numbers (toll-free) with a county extension number.
East Pasco: 352-523-2411
Central Pasco: 813-996-2411
West Pasco: 727-847-2411
Outside of Pasco County, only: 1-800-368-2411