UMaine Extension is offering a free nutrition and cooking class series for Aroostook County residents in July

Frenchville, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) will offer a free, four-session nutrition education program to pregnant moms, parents, guardians, and young adults, at St. John Valley Technology Center, 431 US-1, Frenchville, ME 04745. It will be held July 1, 3, 8, and 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. This class series is kid-friendly, parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring their children with them.

The program will have four main lesson topics: Kids Say Yes to Fruits & Veggies, No More Mealtime Madness, Hack Your Snack, and The Family Kitchen. This will cover various topics, including how to involve kids in the kitchen, meal planning, smart shopping, food safety, and cooking techniques that maximize nutrition while minimizing costs. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on cooking activities, where they will learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious recipes using affordable ingredients. The program will also provide free cooking tools, a $10 Hannaford gift card, and food samples to participants who complete all four classes.

This class is a collaborative effort between UMaine Extension and community partner, Cooking Matters, who share a common goal of promoting healthy eating habits and enhancing food preparation skills.

Registration is required. Space is limited to 8 adult participants.

To register or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Laurie Colton,, 207-249-4688.

This EFNEP class series is intended for residents of Aroostook County. For more information about classes in your area visit the EFNEP Class Request webpage or email EFNEP at

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension seeks to build thriving communities and grow the food-based economy, focusing on aspects from production and processing to nutrition, food safety and food security. Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H which offers hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement and creates a positive environment where participants are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.