Teaching refugees and immigrants skills to work in the food industry. Inspiring children and adults with developmental disabilities to try — and love — new fruits and vegetables. Connecting farmers in crisis to lifesaving resources like teletherapy services. 

Every day, in communities across Michigan and beyond, MSU Extension’s health and nutrition staff makes the extraordinary possible, changing lives for the better. Learn more about our projects, programs, staff, and the work we do.



  • Vaccine Outreach on Beaver Island

    Published on July 10, 2023

    Follow along with MSU Extension program instructor Katie Parr as she travels to Beaver Island to provide vaccine education to a group of older adults. Along the way Katie learns about the unique healthcare challenges faced by residents on the rural island.

  • SNAP-Ed Success Stories: Mustang Food Share

    Published on February 28, 2023

    Nutrition and access to healthy food is critical for kids to do their best at school. Learn about what MSU Extension doing to help with the Mustang Food Share at Munising High School.

  • Improving Nutrition Security: Garden to Food Club

    Published on November 3, 2022

    MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Kendra Gibson set in motion a vital partnership that enhances healthy food access and nutrition and physical activity education within Mason County, Michigan.

  • Fighting Hunger in Rural Michigan: Thumb Blessing Boxes

    Published on August 24, 2022

    In 2019, the Tuscola Food Access Collaborative was created to address food insecurity in the rural “thumb area" of Michigan. As a result, the organization leveraged existing structures and projects, including the Thumb Blessing Boxes.

  • MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Lainy Burress on "Building Health Muskegon"

    Published on April 20, 2022

    MSU Extension community nutrition instructor Lainy Burress joins Jamie Hekker for an episode of "Building Health Muskegon." Burress discusses what MSU Extension does, how to encourage kids to eat more fresh produce, buying in season to help your food budget and more.