EFNEP Makes a Real Difference
(FY 2022)

Supporting Texas Families with Greatest Need Since 1969

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) helps young families and youth with limited resources – those most at risk to suffer from hunger, food insecurity and the inability to connect with available support systems. EFNEP offers practical lessons in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management and food safety in settings convenient for the participants. Program graduates reflect significant, lasting improvement in eating behaviors and healthy food habits. Texas has a need for EFNEP – 2021 data show that 20% of Texas children under the age of 18 live in families that have income below poverty level, compared to 17% of U.S. children.

EFNEP Reaches Diverse Audiences

In Texas, ethnically diverse EFNEP nutrition assistants reach youth and adult groups whose principal language may be English or Spanish.

In 2022,

  • 264 families enrolled in EFNEP;
  • 1,195 youth contacts were made through the EFNEP youth program;
  • 85% of EFNEP participants have children under the age of 19;
  • 43% of families were at or below 100% of federal poverty level; and
  • 76% of families enrolled in one or more food assistance programs.

EFNEP Makes a Real Difference

Adult Program

Using “hands-on” experiences, EFNEP adult participants complete at least a six-lesson series on stretching food dollars, improving eating habits, and practicing food safety principles. As a result of participation in EFNEP, participants will learn to prepare more meals and snacks at home, be more active, control portion size, and have more energy.

  • 93% made a positive change in one or more food groups
  • 106 Volunteers: 732 hours equals $20,598 in-kind contribution
  • 65% increased physical activity behaviors
  • 40% budgeted enough money for food more often
  • 91%  practice better food resource management
  • 98% changed diet quality behaviors
  • 48% ate red and orange vegetables more often
  • 79% improved food safety practices.

Youth Program

The EFNEP – Youth program is directed toward low-income school-age youth. These students participate in a series of fun and educational lessons on good nutrition and food safety as part of summer programs, classroom and after-school activities. Through fun and engaging activities, youth learn to build a healthy plate, set limits on sugar, fats and sodium, be active, food safety, and to practice healthy behaviors.

  • 80% improved ability to choose healthy food
  • 59% improved safe food handling practices
  • 46% improved physical activity behaviors

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 Texas, this is $45 million in estimated health care cost savings and almost $9 million in food costs.

Volunteer Strengthen EFNEP

In 2022, 106 volunteers donated 732 hours of work to EFNEP in Texas. At the Texas rate of $28.14/hour, this volunteerism has a minimum dollar value of $20,598. Volunteers make a difference in their own communities and contribute to EFNEP’s continued success.

Work is supported by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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