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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Clay County)
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Jasper County)
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the University and all of our friends and neighbors in Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties. Extension staff offer practical, research-based education to help area residents improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Please contact us at the local Extension office with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list.

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Are you planning for the next stage of your life? The University of Illinois Extension can help you understand and plan for it by attending an Explore Your Future workshop. This one day workshop is comprised of four interactive sessions that will help individuals who are 55+ envision the next phase of life. Click here for more information and to register.

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Recipe of the Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Celebrate by eating healthy! Try this easy and nutritious recipe for Chicken and Vegetable Chowder, YUM!


2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 can (10.75 ounces) reduced sodium cream of potato soup*
1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup low fat milk
  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.
  2. Stir and heat until hot.
  3. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

* Choose reduced-sodium soups when available.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website

Questions? Contact Sarah Dirks, Community Worker, Snap-Ed at

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