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Family nutrition education programs

Family Nutrition Education Programs

Nutrition and Life Skills for Missouri Families

Program content area

Program Content Area

  • Nutritional Quality

  • Food Availability

  • Food Safety

  • Physical Activity

Target audience

Target Audience

  • Children and youth and adults that support them

  • Adults

    • Pregnant teens, Relatives raising children



  • Achieving life long health and fitness

    • Choosing healthy food choices

    • Increase food preparation skills

    • Increase knowledge and practice of food safety skills

    • Using a Food Label Nutrition Facts Panel

    • Adopting the habit of being Physically Active

The family nutrition education program

The Family Nutrition Education Program

What is FNEP?


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program


Family Nutrition Program

Family nutrition program

Family Nutrition Program

  • Target audience

    • Food Stamp Recipients

    • Eligible for food stamps

  • Series of lessons preferred

    • 8 – 12 lessons for adults

    • 5-7 lessons for youth

Show me nutrition for youth

Show-Me Nutrition for Youth

  • Let’s Read about Healthy Eating

  • Adventures in Nutrition with the Show-Me Chef

  • Fun with Food and Fitness

  • Food Group Express

  • Building My Body

  • Choosing Foods for Me

  • Exploring the Food Groups

  • Digging Deeper

  • Choices & Challenges

Additional programs

Additional Programs

  • Food Power

  • Food Power Young Adventure

  • Kids in the Kitchen

  • Teen Parents

  • Jump Into Action

  • Eating from the Garden

  • Kindergarten Initiative




Agencies with Local Public Funding

  • Public schools

  • Community centers

  • Abuse shelters

  • Food Pantries

  • Shelter Workshops

  • Senior Centers

  • Health Clinics

  • Public Health Departments

  • Preschools

  • After school programs

  • Homeless shelters

  • Parents as Teachers

  • Mid-Continent Libraries

  • ABE Classes

  • Head Start

Fnp connects statewide

FNP Connects Statewide

  • Number of participants for FY 2013 : 1,069,104

  • Total direct educational contacts: 1,030,393

  • Total indirect educational contacts: 3,162,641

  • Number of groups that participated: 9,696

  • Number of youth participants: 252,414

  • Number of adult participants: 816,690

Nutrition classes for youth

Most programs include seven lessons

Nutrition Classes for Youth

Kids learning to make healthy choices

Family nutrition education programs

Educational Activities

Food prep

Food Prep

Food power

Food Power

Hand washing

Hand washing

Reaching food stamp audiences

Reaching Food Stamp Audiences

  • Food Pantry Recipe and Information cards

  • Buddy Pack Program

    • Reaches more than 6000 children

  • Assemblies

    • Power Panther

  • Show Me Nutrition Education Displays

  • Billboards

School assemblies

School Assemblies

Show me nutrition education displays

Show Me Nutrition Education Displays

  • Teacher Lounges

  • Food Pantries

  • Health Fairs

  • WIC Offices

  • Grocery Stores

Family nutrition education programs

FNP Impact

Fnep making an impact in the community

FNEP Making an Impact in the Community

  • Nutrition classes for adults and teens who prepare the meals for their families

  • Improving the prenatal nutrition of pregnant teens and adults

  • Providing nutrition classes in classrooms Pre-K-12

  • Involving youth in nutrition in after school and summer programs

Teachers report behavior change in students

Teachers Report Behavior Change in Students

  • 91% were more aware of nutrition

  • 82% had improved hand washing

  • 65% are more physically active

  • 68% make healthier meal and/or snack choices

  • 49% eat breakfast more often

Teachers whose students talked about this change

Teachers whose students talked about this change

  • 91% were more aware of nutrition

  • 79% had improved hand washing

  • 70% are more physically active

  • 81% make healthier meal and/or snack choices

  • 56% eat breakfast more often

Teachers changes self reported

Teachers’ Changes(self reported)

  • 51% make healthier nutrition choices

  • 51% are more aware of nutrition

  • 43% are more willing to try new foods

  • 35% eat breakfast more often

  • 31% improved hand washing

  • 40% increased physical activity

  • 52% make/offer healthier food choices for students

Teachers model healthy behaviors self reported

Teachers Model Healthy Behaviors (self-reported)

  • 95% more aware of nutrition

  • 94% make healthier meal and/or snack choices

  • 81% eat breakfast more often

  • 90% more willing to try new foods

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Teachers Model Healthy Behaviors (self-reported)

  • 94% improved hand washing

  • 79% improved food safety other than hand washing

  • 88% increased physical activity

Expanded food and nutrition education program

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

  • Target audience

    • Income within 185% of poverty

    • Children in home under 19

  • Series of 6 – 12 lessons

Agencies served through efnep

Agencies Served Through EFNEP

  • WIC

  • Head Start

  • Churches

  • 4-H

  • Food pantries

  • Salvation Army

  • Shelters

  • YMCA after school


  • Day care centers

  • Teen pregnancy


Reaching the hispanic audience

Reaching the Hispanic Audience

  • Bilingual nutrition educators

  • Many of our materials are available in Spanish

Efnep facts at a glance

EFNEP Facts at a Glance

  • Reached 3,888 participants

  • 55% minority

  • 993 youth

  • Partnered with 153 agencies

Family nutrition education programs

EFNEP Impact

National efnep impact

National EFNEP Impact

  • Cost benefit analyses for savings on health care costs are as high as $10.64 per $1 spent on programming

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National EFNEP Impact

  • For every $1 spent to implement EFNEP, $2.48 is saved on food expenditures, reducing the need for emergency food assistance

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National EFNEP Impact

  • The Produce for Better Health Foundation identified EFNEP as the best federal program for increasing fruit and vegetable intake.


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National EFNEP Impact

  • Overall diet improvement in all food groups

  • Preventing food-borne illness through improved safety practices

  • Collaboration with other agencies reinforces common nutrition message

Food safety

Food Safety

  • 37% of participants more often practiced not thawing their foods at room temperature

  • 24% more often practices not allowing meat and dairy foods to sit out for more than two hours.

Managing food dollars

Managing Food Dollars

  • 36% more often planned meals in advance

  • 31% more often compared food prices

  • 33% more often used a grocery list for shopping

  • 30% less often ran out of food before the end of the month

Healthy food choices

Healthy Food Choices

  • 35% more often thought about healthy food choices when deciding what to feed their families

  • 35% more often prepared foods without adding salt

  • 45% more often used the food label to make food choices

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Healthy Food Choices

  • 32% of participants reported that their children ate breakfast more often

Employment opportunities

Employment Opportunities

  • Nutrition Program Associate

  • Extension Associate

  • Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

  • Program Coordinator

  • Associate State Nutrition Specialist

  • State Nutrition Specialist

Putting a face to the name

Putting a Face to the Name!

Jo Britt-Rankin

FNEP Administrative Director

Candance Gabel

FNEP State Coordinator

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Putting a Face to the Name!

Donna Mehrle

Assistant Coordinator

Alejandra Gudino

Diversity Education Coordinator

Putting a face to a name

Putting a Face to A Name!

Karen Sherbondy

Alternate Educational Delivery


Sarah March

Food Pantry and Buddy Pack


Putting a face to a name1

Putting a Face to A Name!

Cindy Deblauw Food Power Coordinator

Kraig Kensinger Food Power Young

Adventure Coordinator

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Putting a Face to the Name!

Stefanie Crupe

Administrative Assistant

Tom Pitchford

Fiscal Manager



The Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP) is partially funded by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Services. The funding is channeled to the University of Missouri Extension Human Environmental Sciences through the Missouri Division of Family Services.



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