North Carolina Cooperative Extension 2020 EFNEP Report

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EFNEP serves limited-resource families with young children, school-age youth, and pregnant teens through a series of lessons offered by paraprofessionals and volunteers, many of whom are indigenous to the population. In 2020, EFNEP served 45 counties in North Carolina. Participants learned how to:

  • Make wise food choices
  • Increase daily physical activity
  • Manage food resources
  • Practice food safety

EFNEP has been supporting North Carolina’s families with needs Since 1969. EFNEP helps address the challenges limited resource families face when introducing healthy changes through nutrition education, cooking classes, physical activity strategies, and shopping on a limited budget. EFNEP provides:

  • Peer-to-peer, hands-on education in the community
  • Healthy, low-cost recipes
  • Simple strategies to help families move more together

In 2020 Macon County EFNEP reached 803 individuals through direct programming. Not only are the youth of Macon County being helped, here is an example of a teacher learning to cook.

The Youth EFNEP program often extends far beyond the students in the classroom. Often it impacts the entire school family. The EFNEP Educator in Macon County taught a Teen Cuisine nutrition program with MVI sixth graders. The students learned all about food safety, food security, hands-on food prep, and nutrition. One of the lessons included teaching students how to read recipes, practice knife skills, and prepare a recipe of tuna patties. The students had some of the tuna patties left over from that lesson and shared these left-over patties with the teachers down the hall from the health classroom. The following day the teachers were all raving about the tuna patties and wanted the recipe. The EFNEP Educator was able to share one of the adult cookbooks with the art teacher. She shared with the Educator that she had really never learned to cook and did not know where to start. She was very excited to get the cookbook and planned to try many of the recipes. A couple of weeks later she posted the cover of the NC. EFNEP cookbook on her Instagram page with the caption “due to COVID -19 isolation, I’m going to learn to cook.” She later contacted the Educator and mentioned that she is going through the cookbook and trying the recipes and cooking techniques that she is learning. Thanks to EFNEP she now considers herself a cook and is branching out to other cookbooks.

TUNA BURGERS

Makes 6 servings

Tuna Burgers

NC EFNEP Tuna Burgers

Serving size: 1 patty

Ingredients

  • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans low-sodium tuna
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup non-fat ranch salad dressing
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions

  1. Drain tuna, separate into flakes using a fork
  2. In a medium bowl, combine tuna, ½ cup bread crumbs, cheese, egg, salads dressing, and onion.
  3. Form six patties; coat each side with remaining ½ cup bread crumbs.
  4. Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray; heat to medium heat.
  5. Cook patties 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

230 Calories, Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Protein 17g, Total Carbohydrate 20g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sodium 430mg. Good source of calcium and iron.

Here is the full North Carolina, Macon County EFNEP 2020 Report.

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