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ERIC Number: ED064430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Pages: 78
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Impact of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Low-Income Families: An Indepth Analysis. Agricultural Economic Report Number 220.
Feaster, J. Gerald
This report evaluates the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) of the Extension Service of the Department of Agriculture. About 184,000 low-income families participated in the program prior to October 1969. A national sample of 10,500 showed that family incomes were very low--less than 2,700 dollars, of which more than a third was spent for food. Most families were urban, members of minority groups, and had homemakers with relatively low educational levels. Food consumption practices of homemakers upon entering the program indicated that many families had poor diets. After six months of EFNEP participation, substantial improvements in food knowledge and consumption practices were evident, particularly in the consumption of foods in the milk and fruit-vegetable groups. Homemakers with the poorest diets showed more improvements than those who had better initial diets. Homemakers receiving more visits from program personnel, a measure of intensity of program instruction, increased their consumption of foods in the milk and fruit-vegetable groups more than homemakers receiving fewer visits. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.