Sharing EFNEP With My Community

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Hunger can affect people from all walks of life, over 9 million children are affected with hunger in the USA each year. You can’t always see pain, a crisis, depression nor hunger by just looking at a person. Helping our families within the community to find resources for meals can take a child a long way.

I am looking forward to sharing the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) again with our community. The Food Bank of the Albemarle food pantry has now opened. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been able to share healthy, wealthy and wise ideas of EFNEP with the Elizabeth City community at one of my favorite locations. I’m excited to share great information on meal planning, food safety, picky eating habits, fresh produce and just what is that and how can I use/cook it for our community neighbors.

Participants will get the experience of EFNEP’s hands-on taste sample of recipes prepared from items provided by the pantry in the new Food Bank of the Albemarle Teaching Kitchen.

As the pantry receives fresh produce clients will experience different recipes to challenge their taste palettes. In the month of June different types of salsa will start off our challenges, getting in a variety of different fruits and vegetables.

Fresh Homemade Salsa


Homemade Salsa

Makes 2 cups

  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, or juice from half a lime
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved or 1 ½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin


  1. Rinse and cut onion, pepper, cilantro, and lime.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add some reserved tomato liquid to thin salsa if desired.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 24 hours to allow flavors to blend.

Source: Cooking with EFNEP, Feeding America