About Us

“Learning to Eat Better, For Less”

FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) is a community nutrition education program within the Family Living Programs of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Programs respond to community needs with research-based education and partnerships that support Wisconsin families and communities.

Mom and Child eating healthy foodFoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and serves Wisconsin residents with limited incomes.

We seek to empower Wisconsin residents with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities.


Who can participate in the Food WIse Program?

  • Anyone who receives FoodShare (food stamps) or is eligible to receive FoodShare can learn through RKNEP.
  • Organizations and schools where at least 50% of the population receives FoodShare or free/reduced lunch.
  • Our Eating Smart, Being Active classes are offered to limited-income parents with young children.

What do Nutrition Educators teach?

The nutrition education program helps parents, senior adults, and children:

  • plan and prepare nutritious and tasty meals and snacks based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid food guide
  • save money at the grocery store
  • keep food safe to eat and prevent waste
  • increase their physical activity as recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • make healthy food choices
  • use other community resources

Where do Nutrition Educators teach?

Nutrition educators live in the community and understand the needs of families. We work with schools and community organizations and teach about nutrition in a variety of ways:

  • Small and large group workshops;
  • Home visits;
  • Learn-while-you-wait exhibits.

Read Learner/Teacher Quotes

Read RKNEP Stories

Learn more about the statewide program

For more information about the Racine-Kenosha Nutrition Education Program, contact:

Racine Kenosha Nutrition Education Program
University of Wisconsin-Extension