Willacy County


Willacy County EFNEP
170 N. 3rd Street
Raymondville, TX 78580
Phone: 956-689-2412
Fax: 956-689-2031


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Willacy 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 Willacy County

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

In 2015,

  • 71 families enrolled in EFNEP.
  • 512 youth contacts were made through the EFNEP youth program.
  • 79% of families were at or below 100% of federal poverty level.
  • 74% of families enrolled in one or more food assistance programs at entry.
  • 77% of EFNEP adult participants were Hispanic/Latino.

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.
  • 81% improved in one or more food resource management practices such as using a list for grocery shopping.
  • 92% improved in one or more nutrition practices such as using the “Nutrition Facts” on food labels to make food choices.
  • 58% improved in one or more food safety practices such as thawing foods safely.
  • 30% 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.

  • 82% improved ability to choose foods according to the Dietary Guidelines.
  • 40% improved their safe food handling practices more often.
  • 29% improved physical activity practices.

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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.