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Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences

The NFCS Program at UC Cooperative Extension in Riverside County connects the people of Riverside County with research and resources from the University of California.

NFCS Program is working to address two UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025 Initiatives:

1) Healthy Families and Communities

  • Promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention
  • Helping consumers make informed decision regarding food choices, nutrition and health
  • Improving consumers' food management skills 

2) Ensure Safe and Secure Food Supplies

  • Educating community organizations and consumers on safe food handling practices

School Garden Education

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Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is spreading in the United States. The disease causes respiratory illness such as cough, fever, and in more severe cases, trouble breathing. The best way to prevent illness is to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others and avoid being exposed to this virus:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you go out, wear a mask that fits tightly and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.

More information and advice on COVID-19 prevention can be found below:

CDC:      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
CA:        https://covid19.ca.gov/
CDPH:    https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19

Riverside County COVID-19 UPDATE

Riverside County Food Access Sites

Program Activities
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    Our Gardens Are Growing Again!

    The CalFresh Healthy Living Program at UC Cooperative Extension (CFHL, UCCE) in Riverside County has two garden projects with Riverside Faith Temple and the Community Settlement Association in Eastside Riverside. In early 2020, we received Small Sparks...

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  • EFNEP Brought Enrichment Activities to Summer Meals Program

    The first Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summit for Southern California hosted by California Summer Meal Coalition of the Institute for Local Government was held in Upland, CA in January 2017. This meeting highlighted the needs to support and increase summer meals participation in the Inland Empire. The Summer Meals Program is funded by USDA to ensure that youth from families that are food insecure continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out. The number of students eligible for Free/Reduced Price Meal in Riverside County is 270,907 (63% of student enrollment). During summer, Riverside County has over 200 summer meal sites providing healthy lunches, however, the summer lunch daily participation average is only 17,113 or about 6% of eligible students.