To help support nutrition education and reduce nutrition insecurity of low-income families, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). During National Canned Food Month, celebrate with NIFA as we highlight a few federally funded programs aimed to help families obtain nutritional foods.
NIFA's involvement with SNAP-Ed began in 1999, as Land-grant University administrators identified the need for national leadership through their federal partner. NIFA supports SNAP-Ed by providing leadership, establishing collaborative relationships and strengthening communication across federal, state, and local partners. Specifically, it promotes well-trained staff; effective program planning, management and reporting; identification and use of effective and appropriate resources; and improved consistency and clarity of communication among SNAP-Ed's many partners.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a Federal Extension (community outreach) program that currently operates through the 1862 and 1890 Land-grant Universities in every state, the District of Columbia, and the six United States territories – American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. EFNEP uses education to support participants’ efforts toward self-sufficiency, nutritional health and well-being. EFNEP combines hands-on learning, applied science and program data to ensure program effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.
The Plan. Eat. Move. program— through the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment— encompasses SNAP-Ed and EFNEP to show individuals how to plan nutritious meals on a limited budget, acquire safe food handling practices, improve food preparation skills, and change behaviors necessary to have a healthy lifestyle. Plan. Eat. Move. provides resources surrounding healthy eating, adapting physically activity and numerous recipes.
Here are two recipes that use canned foods that you may have in your cabinet. Switch up your taco Tuesday night dinner with zubeanie boats. Do you need a quick soup recipe? Check out this 10-minute bean soup.