Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences department offers you information about health and nutrition, food safety, money management, home concerns, and many other topics. Our resources can help you whether you are retired, a first-time parent, a teen, or someone in between. Finding answers to the challenges you face can be difficult. The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension provides research-based information and timely topics.

Family and Consumer Sciences - Solutions for your life

2019 Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Classes

Resources in our priority areas

Casual Gardening Series

Award-winning programs and brochures featuring Fresh Florida Produce with Florida Ag facts, nutritional information, and easy-to-follow delicious recipes.

Chutney, salsa and chipotle
Citrus, Florida’s gold
Dairy days of summer
Florida’s amaizin' grain – Corn
Herbs and more
Snack packs
Strawberry jammin'

Hot topics

Farmers market
Heart-healthy Omega-3 oils
Supermarket savings

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida component of the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). It is a partnership between the USDA, the University of Florida/IFAS, and the Volusia County Extension Office. The purpose of this USDA grant is to provide nutrition education to SNAP, formerly known as food stamp, eligible Florida residents. Schools with a student population of 51 percent or more who receive free and/or reduced lunches are eligible for our educational programs. Educational services are also available to SNAP eligible Volusia County residents through community-based organizations.

The goal of FNP is to reduce the risk of chronic disease, health complications, and food borne illness and increase food security. Classes provide practical hands on education with priority lessons focusing on making healthful food choices, balancing food and physical activity, keeping food safe to eat, and food shopping on a budget.

Program Assistants, who are University of Florida employees, receive continuous training and support from the FNP program coordinator. Curriculum and support materials are provided through the University of Florida Extension Service. For more information on the FNP program in Volusia County, contact Patrick Zayas at

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Family Nutrition Program
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Teacher and Parent resources

Florida Association for Home and Community Education Clubs and Volunteers

Extension Agents
Lisa A. Hamilton B.A.

Family Nutrition Program Manager
Patrick Zayas

Family Nutrition Program Assistants

Lisa Valentine, A.A.

Patti Young

Brittany Payne, B.S.

West Volusia

Daytona Beach

New Smyrna Beach