Food $ense Nutrition

Program Contact: Christine Ciancetta, Food Safety & Nutrition Coordinator
360-427-9670 Ext. 684 •

F$gardening(Custom)Food $ense Programming has been available in Mason County since 1992, focusing on changing eating and physical activity behaviors in adults and youth and increasing nutritional quality.

Adult Programming

Food $ense brings a hands-on based approach to nutrition education lessons for food stamp eligible adults. Participants discover the importance of physical activity every day as part of a healthy lifestyle, and how choosing a variety of foods in appropriate portion sizes that are high in nutrient density support a healthy weight when balanced with physical activity.

  • Our new FREE series of lessons for adults, Plan, Save, Shop & Cook: How to Eat Right  When the Money is Tight,  will be held at the Shelton Timberland Library Community Room. The free series is open to community members on a limited income and includes:
  • Meal Planning –Learn how to plan meals and use shopping lists to save money & time
  • Food Labels – Learn to choose foods that are nutritious and fit within your budget
  • Saving Money – Learn techniques to stretch food dollars such as unit pricing and brand comparisons of products
  • Cooking Meals – Discover tips to help you plan nutritious meals for an entire week and taste a healthy, low-cost recipe

Class Schedule at Shelton Timberland Library Series 1:
Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm
January 22 & 29; February 5 & 12

Register here on-line!


Or CALL US!  WSU Mason County Extension SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program at 360-427-9670 x680

For more information and to request a translator for the series, contact Christine Ciancetta, 360-427-9670 Ext. 684 or

Youth Programming

Series of between five and twenty-five classes are offered in grades K-10 in Shelton, Pioneer, and Hood Canal School Districts. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge, attitudes and skills to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free milk products, choosing a variety of foods and balancing food intake with daily physical activity. Parent newsletters, family nights, special events, and bulletin boards in the schools provide resources and access for families to recipes, family activities, and nutrition information.

Food $ense Staff

Christine CiancettaChristine Ciancetta
Food Safety & Nutrition Coordinator
Ext. 684





Pamela BishPamela Bish
Nutrition Educator
Ext. 694





Gabrieal VolpeGabrieal Volpe
Nutrition Educator
Ext. 693