Nueces County

Staff


Nueces County EFNEP
4639 Corona, Suite 30
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 361-854-4112
Fax: 361-854-4889

  • Agent:
    Yvette Jacinto
  • Lead Office Assistant:
    Dalia Martinez
  • Youth Associates:
    Michelle Lee
    Ruby Sanchez
  • Assistants:
    Laura Prado
    Leonardo Trevino
    Nelda Vela
 

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Nueces 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 Nueces County

In Nueces County, ethnically diverse EFNEP nutrition assistants reach youth and adult groups whose principal language may be English or Spanish.

In 2015,

  • 527 families enrolled in EFNEP.
  • 6,989 youth contacts were made through the EFNEP youth program.
  • 62% of families were at or below 100% of federal poverty level.
  • 77% of EFNEP adult participants were Hispanic/Latino.
  • 12% of EFNEP adult participants were Not Hispanic/Latino, White.
  • 3% of EFNEP adult participants were Black.

Volunteers Strengthen EFNEP

In 2015, 99 adult volunteers donated 645 hours of work to EFNEP in Nueces County. At the Texas rate of $24.66/hour, this volunteerism has a minimum dollar value of $15,900. Volunteers make a difference in their own communities, and contribute to EFNEP’s continued success.

EFNEP Makes a Real Difference

Adult Program:

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:

  • 93% with positive change in any food group at exit. Specifically, EFNEP participants consumed 0.3 more cups of dairy at completion, compared to entry.
  • 80% improved in one or more food resource management practices such as using a list for grocery shopping.
  • 89% improved in one or more nutrition practices such as using the “Nutrition Facts” on food labels to make food choices.
  • 55% improved in one or more food safety practices such as thawing foods safely.
  • 29% of program participants reported a positive change in physical activity.

Youth Program:

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.

  • 69% improved ability to choose foods according to the Dietary Guidelines.
  • 37% improved their safe food handling practices more often.
  • 33% improved physical activity practices.

Cost–Benefits of EFNEP

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 Nueces County, this is $2.7 million in estimated health care cost savings and almost $547,150 in food costs.

Success Stories

“It (EFNEP program) has helped me by better feeding my family. I no longer fry foods. I try not to fry anything. I give my kids the portion that the food pyramid says the kids need. I also tried many of the recipes that were given to us. I also have been baking and broiling a lot of my meats. I have been adding more vegetables to our meals and taking away chips, candy etc. I also no longer use so much butter. I want to thank you for this class. It has helped out with my husband; he is diabetic and he has lost 26 pounds because of the lessons we have gotten. Thank you!” (EFNEP Client)

 

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Last updated: 18 October, 2016

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