FNP instructor shows child


The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have affected individuals and industries across Sarasota County. Families and individuals face financial struggles related to housing, utility costs, or childcare, and businesses and non-profit agencies confront work interruptions and operational challenges. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County programs support businesses in the agriculture, horticulture, green business sectors, and more. We also educate residents, including low-income families. We encourage our stakeholders to take full advantage of all opportunities for assistance.

Financial assistance is available to individuals, businesses and non-profits to help lessen the pandemic's impacts. Visit the Sarasota County CARES Act page or call 941-861-CARE (2273) for more information and to apply. Act quickly, as funds are limited.

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a nutrition education program for families and individuals that are on a limited budget. The program helps participants develop skills that lead to:

  • Improved diet through selection of nutritious foods
  • Better food selection and food storage practices
  • Better food safety practices when handling foods
  • Effective management of food resources

Program activities include:

  • Small groups education programs
  • Food preparation demonstrations
  • Distribution of newsletters and fact sheets

FNP educators teach our children in schools about the different food groups and the importance of choosing foods that help them grow. Seniors at congregate meals sites learn about keeping food safe, eating on a budget, and preparing meals for one or two. Parents and care givers are learn to plan and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals for the family.

Come to the Family Nutrition Program education activities and you'll learn about meal planning, healthy eating for the family, and how to stretch your food dollars.

Resources for Needy Families

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Recovery 1-800-HELP-FLA
State Food Stamp Information, Florida Hotline 1-866-762-2237
Sarasota County Health Department 941-861-2900
Florida WIC State Agency 1-800-342-3556


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