Bexar County EFNEP
San Antonio, TX 78217
- Lead Office Assistant:
- Adult Associate:
- Youth Associates:
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Bexar County Outcome Summary Report
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. EFNEP also includes a walking program for adult participants. Program graduates reflect significant, lasting improvement in eating behaviors and healthy food habits. Texas has a need for EFNEP—2014 data show that 20% of Texas families with children under the age of 18 were living below poverty level, compared to 18% of U.S. families.
EFNEP Reaches Diverse Audiences in Bexar County
In Bexar County, ethnically diverse EFNEP nutrition assistants reach youth and adult groups whose principal language may be English or Spanish.
- 7,304 families enrolled in EFNEP.
- 27,314 youth contacts were made through the EFNEP youth program.
- 2,332 EFNEP participants were pregnant and/or nursing.
- 73% of families were at or below 100% of federal poverty level.
- 96% of families enrolled in one or more food assistance programs at entry.
- 76% of EFNEP adult participants were Hispanic/Latino.
- 8% of EFNEP adult participants were Not Hispanic/Latino, White.
- 8% of EFNEP adult participants were Black.
Volunteers Strengthen EFNEP
In 2015, 822 adult volunteers donated 9,318 hours of work to EFNEP in Bexar County. At the Texas rate of $24.66/hour, this volunteerism has a minimum dollar value of $229,791. Volunteers make a difference in their own communities, and contribute to EFNEP’s continued success.
EFNEP Makes a Real Difference
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 the following food and nutrition behaviors were achieved:
- 94% with positive change in any food group at exit.
- 74% improved in one or more food resource management practices such as using a list for grocery shopping.
- 82% improved in one or more nutrition practices such as using the “Nutrition Facts” on food labels to make food choices.
- 46% improved in one or more food safety practices such as thawing foods safely.
- 30% of program participants reported a positive change in physical activity.
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. The following results show how youth participants’ food behaviors improved after attending EFNEP classes.
- 78% improved ability to choose foods according to the Dietary Guidelines.
- 37% improved their safe food handling practices more often.
- 35% improved physical activity practices.
Studies have shown that for every $1 spent of EFNEP, $10 were estimated to be saved in health care costs and $2 saved in food costs by participants. For Bexar County, this is $4.7 million in estimated health care cost savings and almost $938,000 in food costs.
“The other day while I was at work, a fellow co-worker had purchased some juice that was only 5% juice. While I was looking at the bottle, another co-worker asked what I was doing and I told her that the juice was a drink and not a juice. This co-worker asked me how did I know. I told her that I learned from my nutrition class about 4 weeks ago that to be considered juice, it must be 100% juice to be good and healthy for you. My co-workers were really shocked when I told the information. I just wanted to tell you about the event that occurred and how much the information that I received from EFNEP came in handy. Thank you!”
“My name is Patricia. I would like to let you know about your class ‘Puente de Salud’ and how it has helped me. Taking your class has motivated me to get serious about my nutrition and exercise. I had become very inactive with exercising not to mention discouraged trying to find an exercise routine that I liked and could stick with for longer than two weeks. Then ‘Puente de Salud’ came along and I am very pleased and impressed with the class. I enjoy learning about nutrition and how to cook low-fat meals and I especially enjoy the walking club. I walk every single day no matter how tired or busy I may get. It is now a top priority in my daily routine. I am also making some changes in my eating habits, and I can’t wait to see the end results. I owe it to the ‘Puente de Salud’ class. It is a wonderful class and I look forward to accomplishing my goal and crossing the bridge to good health!”
Lizette from Leal Middle School gave up drinking sodas after a lesson on sugars and fats. Six months later, she has not had a drink of soda.
The Challenge After-School Program made Fruity Peanut Butter Rafts at Hillcrest Elementary. The students enjoyed the recipe very much. Mrs. Rodriguez is going to add the recipe to their snack schedule. She prepares the snacks for the program. Mrs. Luna, a parent from Southside Middle School has really enjoyed the recipes we take for children and parents on literacy night. Mrs. Luna also works at a school cafeteria. She says our recipes have given her many ideas on how to use the commodities [from USDA] they receive.
Last updated: 18 October, 2016
Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.