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Marshall County

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) offers nutrition education for Kansans of all ages who receive or are eligible to receive food assistance.  FNP is implemented by Kansas State Research and Extension with the sponsorship of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The strength and reach of Family Nutrition Program is due, in large part, to the collaborative efforts of Extension and local community agencies and organizations that share a common concern for the welfare of limited resource Kansans.

Partnering agencies include:

  • Schools
  • WIC and Local Health Departments
  • Senior Centers and Congregate Meal Sites
  • Food Banks and Pantries
  • Commodity Food Distribution Centers
  • Shelters

In Marshall County, Program Assistant, Melissa Sandmann provides nutrition education classes to USD 380, 364, 113, and 498. From preschool through 6th grade, eligible classrooms receive a series of nutritional programming at qualifying schools. Melissa presents monthly information and ongoing cooking classes to WIC parents at the health department. She also works with the Senior Centers in Marysville, Frankfort, and Blue Rapids to deliver nutritional information to aging adults. Along with these face-to-face group lessons, she authors a quarterly newsletter which is provided to commodities distribution recipients.