Cooperative Extension Service’s EFNEP Program Celebrates 50 Years!

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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) celebrated 50 Years of Excellence at a Conference held May 20-23, 2019, at the StateView Hotel in Raleigh.

EFNEP is a federally funded educational program conducted through the Cooperative Extension Service in every state and U.S. territory. In North Carolina, EFNEP is administered through NC State University and N.C. A&T State University.

In 1969, Dr. Minnie Miller Brown became the first State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Coordinator in North Carolina. Under her leadership, EFNEP program assistants worked using a community-based, relationship-driven, hands-on educational approach.

In 2017 Della Hicks, Adult Educator from Pasquotank County won the Minnie Miller Brown Award for assisting families of Pasquotank County with better food resource management. Pasquotank Cooperative Extension is proud to announce that this year’s EFNEP Champion Award winner was the Food Bank of the Albemarle. EFNEP Champion Awards were established in 2009 as a way to recognize individuals who, although not employed by EFNEP, are a constant driving force in the success of the program, either in their county, their region or the state.

Thanks to the support of the Food Bank, EFNEP has directly impacted the economic, obesity, and food insecurity challenges that hinder the health and well-being of families in Pasquotank County. Over the years, EFNEP has become instrumental in delivering research-based hands-on nutritional skills and strategies to help families plan nutritional meals and incorporate physical activity to overcome Obesity.

Food Bank of the Albemarle

Photo by Ken Martin

Pictured left to right:  Dr. A. Richard Bonanno, PH.D., Associate Dean, CALS Director, NC State Extension; Food Bank Staff, Mrs. Willie Mae Overton, Faye Knowles (Customer Service/Receiving Agent), Liz Reasoner (Executive Director), Mr. Antonio Malikia, Far Right Dr. Claudette L. Smith, Family Resource Management Specialist, N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. A&T State University, not pictured Mrs. Laura Williams.