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 fun physical activities for adult participants that can be done at home. 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 the poverty level, compared to 18% of U.S. families.
El Paso County
“My 1st grade class has thoroughly enjoyed our time with Professor Popcorn. They learned so much about the various food groups and looked forward to it every Tuesday. The lessons were extremely interactive and kept every student’s attention. They loved the exercises and the healthy snack and I loved that some of my pickier students were introduced to new foods like sweet potatoes. Mrs. Mondaca did such an amazing job holding the class’s attention and was so great dealing with any behavior. She was fully capable of leading my classroom and was so easy to work with. I hope to have her and Professor Popcorn back next year!” – First Grade teacher, Shadow Glen Elementary
“This was a very interesting and informative class. The instructor showed knowledge of subject matters. I am use to washing my hands, but I was not washing them for 20 seconds. I have now added this to my hand washing. I am also more aware of reading the labels on food products and especially looking for the expiration dates and what is in the foods. I do like to eat whole wheat grain food now. I was not aware of the amount of money I was spending on groceries. After taking this class I have cut down on purchasing foods that I already have or will not be using right away. I now try to plan my meals or at least give more thought to what we will be eating.” – Harris County participant
“During these classes of nutrition I made many changes with regards to my meals. I was a person whose sugar never went down and now my sugars is normal. I took on a 2,000 calorie diet and I went to the doctor and he told me I was perfect. I have bad varicose veins and because of my high sugar they could not be cleaned out. Now, this July I will get my varicose vein worked on. Thank you so much for these classes they were so good for me and my family” – El Paso County participant