2019 Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Report

Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has educated limited-resource families and youth in Louisiana, teaching them to develop skills to make healthy changes that will lead to improved diets and nutritional well-being. Through EFNEP’s ”hands-on” approach, participants learn to make behavioral changes and improve the nutritional quality of meals for their families.


  • Focuses on food-related practices to help participants achieve personal and family wellness.
  • Is taught by peer educators who live in the communities they serve.
  • Delivers research-based teaching through a series of interactive direct-education lessons.
  • Partners with community agencies to improve food and physical activity environments.
  • Is dedicated to reaching diverse, limited-resource populations.
  • Orleans Parish

    EFNEP’s Reach in 2019

    • 1,950 residents participated in EFNEP educational series
    • 562 adults enrolled in nutrition education series
    • 1,388 youth enrolled in nutrition education series
    • 1,651 total family participants

    Reaching Families

    • 92% of EFNEP adult participants reported income at or below 185% of poverty level

    Health Behavior Improvements:

    Adult Outreach

    • 64% Outreach improved food resource management practices
    • 81% improved diet quality
    • 75% improved physical activity behaviors
    • 71% improved food safety practices
    • 49% improved food security

    Youth Outreach

    • 83% improved ability to choose foods according to the dietary guidelines
    • 52% improved physical activity practices
    • 32% acquired skills to be food secure
    • 56% improved food safety practices
    • 46% improved ability to prepare simple, nutritious affordable food

    EFNEP Affecting Lives in our Parish

    The Forest Park Apartments/Operations Pathways started a community garden located in the midst of the apartment complex. In this raised bed garden, residents planted vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, squash and watermelons. The EFNEP Nutrition Educator provide nutrition classes on the benefits of fruits and vegetables and quick & easy ways to prepare them. The Nutrition Educator taught the proper way to wash the vegetables before preparing them to prevent food-borne illness. The residents love picking tomatoes and peppers from the garden. They have learned through EFNEP that growing their own lettuce and tomatoes can save money at the grocery store. The kids like working in the garden, especially when it's time to harvest. They have enjoyed eating salads made from the lettuce grown in the garden.

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    Tiffany Martinez, Resident Service Coordinator at Forest Park
    Apartments helps kids from the apartments pick cherry tomatoes.

    EFNEP Affecting Lives in our Parish

    EFNEP clients in Orleans parish report they have learned a great many things by participating in EFNEP to help their family be more healthy. Some statements made by participants include:

    • "It makes your body physically active."
    • "I learned to cook more healthy food."
    • "Reading food labels/eating more fruits/vegatables."
    • "Eating healthy can keep you healthy and safe."
    • "Helps with health problems as long as you exercise."
    • "I learned eating more healthy is very important for myself and kids."

    EFNEP participants are making small changes that make a big difference in their overall health.

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    Emma Ramsey, Nutrition Educator, teaches the importance
    of physical activity as participants follow indoor walking video.

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), contact your nearest LSU AgCenter Extension Service office.

    Sharman J. Charles, Instructor (EFNEP Program Director)
    School of Nutrition and Food Sciences

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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