Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is one of New York State’s premier nutrition education programs for low-income families. This unique educational service is designed to prevent obesity and reduce long-term chronic disease risks through the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

JSY nutrition workshops also offer recipe demonstrations highlighting seasonal fruits and vegetables and other items found in your pantry.

Spring is a great time to try a new recipe. Why not add some fruit, vegetables….or both to your next meal!

Try our featured monthly recipe, Broccoli Raisin Salad.

Click here to get the recipe Raisins

Visit our website for more delicious recipes: Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

And be sure to visit your local Farmer’s Market for the freshest ingredients! 


Click here if you are interested in the JSY Cookbook  


JSY works to ensure that low-income families on Long Island:

    • Eat more nutritious foods
    • Make the most of their food budget
    • Prepare food in a safe manner

Looking for easy ways to eat healthy on a budget?  Click here to learn more!

JSY staff offer the following custom-tailored nutrition education lesson plans for your community group, agency or program:

  • Tips for Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Cooking with Beans
  • Stretching Your Food Dollars
  • Planning Quick and Healthy Meals
  • Making Healthy Food Choices
  • How to Keep Food Safe
  • How to Eat More Fiber
  • Healthy Portion Sizes
  • Using the Nutrition Facts Labels
  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Reducing Sugar Sweetened Beverages

JSY Spotlight!

A big thank you to all our participating agencies, because of you the healthy pantry initiative was a success!

Pictured from left to right: Linda Love-Ryan, Mark Ryan (Our Redeemer Lutheran), Orma Jean Blunt (Grace Community Church),
Dana John-Goodrich (LI Cares JSY Nutrition Manager), Jody Fleischmann,  David Meagher (St. Boniface the Martyr).

New Agencies Participating in 2018

St. George’s 

St. Cuthbert’s

St. Sylvester’s 

We are looking for a few agencies to participate in our Healthy Pantry Initiative. If you are interested in learning more or to see if your agency qualifies click here: 

 Healthy Pantry


Make meals and memories together.

It’s a lesson they’ll use for life!


To schedule a FREE nutrition education workshop for your clients with the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables program, contact Dana John-Goodrich MPH, RD at 631-582-3663 ext.133 

Not sure if JSY is right for you? Check out our new video to see what we do!    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKrXFdkP4js&feature=youtu.be

Looking for assistance in purchasing more nutritious foods for your family? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides such to people with low incomes. For more information about SNAP, please call 800-221-5689.