Cooking Healthy Nutritious Meals With EFNEP

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The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program offered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center. EFNEP provides free health education and cooking opportunities for Franklin County citizens. Our nine-weeks hands-on cooking class teaches useful skills from food safety, shopping, cooking healthy recipes, and physical activity. This experience will assist you with planning, shopping, and preparing delicious, nutritious meals for you and your family.

EFNEP’s goals are safely cooking and eating healthy meals and snacks at home. Eating more local fresh fruits and vegetables will lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. Living a more active lifestyle will help you and your family have more energy. Lastly, portion size control will help you reach and/ or stay at a healthy weight.

EFNEP’s targeted audience is limited resource families with young children (under the age of 19) living in the household and who are eligible for public assistance. EFNEP serves individuals and families who are expecting a child (pregnant)or who provide non-custodial care for children on a regular basis (grandparent or non-custodial parent) as long as these individuals meet the income guidelines and are responsible for planning, shopping, and preparing food for the children in their care. EFNEP also serves limited resource, school-age children.

EFNEP has helped over 97% of families who have participated in our program improve their diet while saving money. This is your opportunity to start preparing delicious, nutritious meals together with your family. I hope you will take advantage of EFNEP’s Cooking Class opportunities. In January 2019, EFNEP will be hosting a cooking class at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center.

For more information and to register for the Cooking Class contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center or EFNEP Educator, Jessica Kearney at jdkearne@ncsu.edu by December 7, 2018. Also, visit our website.

Participants learn to:
• Purchase affordable food at the grocery store;
• Eat more meals at home;
• Prepare healthy and tasty meals for their families;
• Control portion sizes;
• Improve the diets of family members;
• Keep food safe, reducing waste and food-borne illness;
• Use leftovers;
• Increase daily physical activity.