FoodWIse: Who We Are – What We Do – Where We Work

FoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and serves Wisconsin residents with limited incomes.

FoodWIse employs a combination of evidence-based educational strategies, accompanied by environmental supports, designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of healthy food choices and active lifestyles.

FoodWIse works out of county Cooperative Extension offices and in collaboration with state and local partners. We are active in 66 of 72 Wisconsin counties. SNAP-Ed funds programming in 66 counties. EFNEP funds programming in 7 counties.

  • Stretch your food dollars
  • Improve your shopping skills
  • Learn how to make delicious, low-cost meals
  • Plan healthy menus
  • Improve your health by eating better
  • Make meals more fun with new recipes
  • Learn safe food handling methods
  • Improve your budgeting skills
  • Get more for your money

Who can receive education through FoodWIse?

  • Low income Iron County residents (youth, families, senior citizens) who receive or are eligible for food stamps can receive education through FoodWIse. (Residents who are NOT low income can receive education through Family Living Nutrition Education programs.) All we ask is that you be willing to learn!

In what ways do FoodWIse educators teach?

  • Iron County FoodWIse educators teach small and large group lessons at senior citizen dining sites, to youth at schools and after-school & summer programs, to individuals and families in homes and at our Extension office.
  • Iron County FoodWIse educators teach through walk-by exhibits at WIC (Women, Infant, Children program) sites, at county fairs, at Health Departments and other sites.
  • Iron County FoodWIse educators teach through practical demonstrations at grocery stores and other sites, such as the internet.

FoodWIse Newsletters:

We are happy to share that we are now offering an Ashland/Bayfield/Iron County monthly FoodWIse newsletter. Based on feedback from partners, we are providing a monthly offering that includes nutrition education, local information on food resources, recipes, and much more. These monthly newsletters will replace some of our previous publications such as our weekly recipes, bimonthly senior newsletters, and monthly menu backs. We are excited to now offer one comprehensive resource. 

Some uses for these newsletters may include: pairing with menus at schools and sending home with students, inclusion in food pantry boxes/displaying on tables, sharing on social media outlets, inclusion with senior meals, or distributing to participants in your programs in other ways you see fit. If you would like to read our monthly newletters, check out the links below! 

September 2020
October 2020
November 2020
December 2020
January 2021
February 2021
March 2021

Related Links of Interest


If you have any questions regarding Nutrition Education in Iron County, please contact:

Stephanie New

Stephanie LaPointe Bakker

FoodWIse Coordinator
Ashland, Bayfield & Iron Counties


VACANT – Position will be posted soon.

FoodWIse Educator

Ashland and Bayfield Counties



Deborah Leonard
50% FoodWIse Educator

Iron County