Dallas County EFNEP
7610 N. Stemmons Frwy. , Suite 140
Dallas, TX 75247
- Extension Assistant:
- Lead Office Assistant:
- Youth Associate:
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Dallas 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 Dallas County
In Dallas County, ethnically diverse EFNEP nutrition assistants reach youth and adult groups whose principal language may be English or Spanish.
- 718 families enrolled in EFNEP.
- 4,843 youth contacts were made through the EFNEP youth program.
- 45 EFNEP participants were pregnant and/or nursing.
- 65% of families were at or below 100% of federal poverty level.
- 77% of families enrolled in one or more food assistance programs at entry.
- 89% of EFNEP adult participants were Hispanic/Latino.
- 6% of EFNEP adult participants were Black.
Volunteers Strengthen EFNEP
In 2015, 237 adult volunteers donated 1,810 hours of work to EFNEP in Dallas County. At the Texas rate of $24.66/hour, this volunteerism has a minimum dollar value of $44,625. Many of these volunteers are past or present EFNEP participants. 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:
- 95% with positive change in any food group at exit. Specifically, EFNEP participants consumed 0.5 more cups of fruits and vegetables at completion, compared to entry.
- 84% improved in one or more food resource management practices such as using a list for grocery shopping.
- 91% improved in one or more nutrition practices such as using the “Nutrition Facts” on food labels to make food choices.
- 65% 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.
- 81% improved ability to choose foods according to the Dietary Guidelines.
- 45% improved their safe food handling practices more often.
- 39% 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 Dallas County, this is $3.2 million in estimated health care cost savings and almost $653,220 in food costs.
An EFNEP client mentioned, “When I first started the program, my 4-year old would not eat beans. Because of a pizza with beans we made in class, he now likes and eats beans. He has also learned to eat many other good foods due to my classes.”
Another EFNEP client said, “Since I started taking the nutrition classes, I am more health conscious. I read food labels and have learned a lot about nutrition. I am cooking food from all the food groups.”
An EFNEP youth volunteer stated, “Because of the Expanded Nutrition Program, I am able to provide updated nutrition information, activities, and food demonstrations to youth. This information provides them with a roadway to good health. The classes provide information that can make a difference in the lives of our youth.”
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.