Who is PA NEN

PA NEN Mission

The Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network promotes communication among individuals and organizations engaged with improving nutrition in our communities. We work to ensure that effective, evidence-based, appropriate nutrition resources primarily for low income populations are available across the state.


First conceived in November 1996, the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network provides a forum for public and private agencies and other groups working with Pennsylvanians eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to share information about current nutrition education efforts and to plan and carry out creative approaches.

PA NEN Initiatives

The PA NEN staff, with the help of committee members, are actively involved in promoting nutrition education throughout the Commonwealth. Each year, we receive funding to (1) provide training and resources for health professionals working with low-income Pennsylvanians (2) deliver technical assistance and training for policy, systems, and environmental changes in select Pennsylvania food banks, and (3) implement a social marketing campaign with messages and resources that encourage low-income Pennsylvanians to make healthy food choices and lead physically active lifestyles.

What Else Does PA NEN Do?

  • Convenes in statewide forums, where public and private agencies working with low-income Pennsylvanians, share program information and resources.
  • Designs and carries out a social marketing campaign that promotes making healthy food choices.
  • Encourages and supports the development and activities of local groups addressing food and nutrition issues in their communities.
  • Provides health and nutrition information, updated research, resources, continuing education opportunities and webinars for a diverse membership of registered dietitians, health professionals, professional followers and providers; researchers; teachers; parents; and any other interested Pennsylvanian.
  • Engages people who want to learn more about the design and delivery of effective nutrition education to low-income audiences.