Calcasieu Parish 2020 EFNEP Annual Report

Maintaining healthy choices may be difficult for limited-resource individuals and families. Many times, limited-resource families live in areas with inadequate access to health care and healthy food options. Because of unhealthy eating habits and reduced access to physical activity, limited-resource families run higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and other diseases.

Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has educated limited-resource families and youth in Louisiana, teaching them to develop skills to make healthy changes that will lead to improved diets and nutritional well-being. Through EFNEP’s ”hands-on” approach, participants learn to make behavioral changes and improve the nutritional quality of meals for their families.


  • Focuses on food-related practices to help participants achieve personal and family wellness.
  • Is taught by peer educators who live in the communities they serve.
  • Delivers research-based teaching through a series of interactive direct-education lessons.
  • Partners with community agencies to improve food and physical activity environments.
  • Is dedicated to reaching diverse, limited-resource populations.

2020 EFNEP Sites:

  • 6 Head Start Facilities
  • 1 Technical College
  • 10 schools

Calcasieu Parish EFNEP Reach:

  • 147 residents in EFNEP educational series
  • 147 adults enrolled in nutrition education series
  • 703 youth enrolled in nutrition education series
  • 526 total family participants
  • 92% of EFNEP adult participants reported income at or below 185% of poverty level

2020 Calcasieu Parish EFNEP Results:

Adult Outreach:

  • 70% improved food resource management practices
  • 81% improved diet quality
  • 64% improved physical activity behaviors
  • 71% improved food safety practices
  • 31% improved food security

Youth Outreach:

  • 89% improved ability to choose foods according to the dietary guidelines
  • 49% improved physical activity practices
  • 53% improved food safety practices
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