EFNEP Makes a Real Difference
Using “hands-on” experiences in group settings, 515 (61% of 844) participants completed the series of EFNEP learning sessions on stretching food dollars, improving eating habits, practicing food safety principles.
Of those graduates, 308 clients were surveyed to determine the following food and nutrition-related behavior changes:
- 87% (268 participants) showed improvement in one or more food resource management practices – compares prices, uses grocery lists, does not run out of food. Participants reported average cost savings of $45 per month for food.
- 93% (286 participants) showed improvement in one or more nutrition practices – makes healthy food choices, prepares foods without adding salt, reads nutrition labels and has children eat breakfast.
- 72% (222 participants) showed improvement in one or more of the food safety practices – thawing and storing foods properly.
- 99% (305 participants) reported a positive change in any food group at exit from the program. Specifically, EFNEP graduates consumed .9 cups more of fruits and vegetables and 0.2 additional cups of milk after completing the lesson series as compared to entry.
- 42% (129 participants) reported a positive change in physical activity.
Through effective collaboration with 13 local agency partners, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) activities for limited-resource youth were conducted year-round in classrooms, as after-school educational activities and summer outreach programs at locations throughout the inner-city communities of Fort Worth.
During FY13, 2,064 group meetings involved 10,203 youth and 102 volunteer leaders who contributed 916 hours to the Program. At the Texas rate of $22.57 per hour, this represents a minimum of $20,647.12.
Pre/Post test assessments were used to systematically measure EFNEP’s impact on school-age youth. Based on a six lesson nutrition series, data analysis obtained from sample groups indicate:
- 95% (137 of 144) youth improved ability to choose foods according to nutrition knowledge gained
- 46% (66 of 144) youngsters use safe food handling practices more often
- 36% (52 of 144) improved physical activity practices
Cost-Benefit of EFNEP
Studies have shown that for every $1 spent on EFNEP, $10 were estimated to be saved in health care costs and $2 saved in food costs by participants. For Tarrant County, this is $2.6 million in estimated health care cost savings and almost $524,884 in food costs.
For more info about the EFNEP contact:
Darlene Myatt, Extension Agent
200 Taylor Street, Suite 500
Fort Worth, TX 76196-0123
Phone: (817) 212-7501
Fax: (817) 212-7502