Contact Us

Melinda Vortman
Community Worker, SNAP-Ed
University of Illinois Extension
104 N Westgate Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: 217-243-7424
FAX: 217-243-1544



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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education ( SNAP-Ed) is nutrition education that is available to SNAP recipients and other limited-resource individuals and families. We know that the healthy choices are not always the easy choices, especially on a limited budget. This is why we focus on reaching our program participants where they are in their own communities. Through nutrition and cooking classes, interactive displays, and online resources, we provide knowledge and teach the skills necessary to our clients in order to help them make healthier meals, spend their food budgets effectively, and make healthy living a natural part of their day.

  • Eat. Move. Save.
    EAT: Healthier choices made easy! Find foods that taste great and are easy to prepare. MOVE: Fun activities to get the whole family moving. No gym equipment? No Problem! SAVE: Smart shopping tips to keep more money in your pocket.

  • Illinois Nutrition Education Programs
    Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP) are part of University of Illinois Extension and provide nutrition education to individuals and families in communities around the state of Illinois.

  • MyPlate
    MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on you plate, in your cup, or in your bowl.

  • Nutrition SNAP-SHOTS
    Highlights of local programming in the community.

  • Recipes
    Easy, Family-Friendly Recipes for Any Budget

  • Scrapbook
    Illinois Junior Chef pictures