An Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program employee from the LSU AgCenter’s Orleans Parish office was recognized Tuesday (March 2) as one of 24 national winners of Excellence in EFNEP Awards.
Carol Ali Jenkins received the honor during celebrations of EFNEP’s 35th anniversary in Washington, D.C.
Since 1969, EFNEP has taught more than 26 million families and youth how to make better food choices. EFNEP is designed to help families and youth with limited resources improve their health, productivity and self-esteem through better diets, food budgeting techniques and physical activity.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter and its partners, EFNEP involves staff members who work at the community level – making teaching visits to homes and at neighborhood organizations and agencies.
Jenkins’ initial relationship with EFNEP was as a recipient of the services.
As a young mother with two young children in 1972, she was enrolled in the program. Jenkins said that she learned how to save money by using coupons and cost-cutting recipes.
Because she demonstrated such a commitment to making healthy meal choices and saving money, Jenkins said she was approached about becoming an EFNEP nutrition aide.
That was 29 years ago when she entered into EFNEP’s two-week training program for EFNEP aides, completed it with success and was hired.
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