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Grandparents in Rural Florida

The University of Florida's Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), through Escambia County has partnered with the Council on Aging in their area. They are working with a subgroup called “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren." This group consists of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and have obtained temporary custody or have adopted them because the grandchildren’s biological parents are either incarcerated or deceased due to criminal activity and/or drug and alcohol addiction.

The opioid epidemic is affecting many families and EFNEP helps by supplying the grandparents with education and tools that equip them in their endeavor to raise healthy and happy children.

Each participant is given a challenge to purchase a healthy item from each of the five food groups with the $10 that is provided for them.

Please contact Wendy R. Meredith, Nutrition Educator, at UF/IFAS for additional information.

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