Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program 2022 Success Story Cyndi Rivenbark, Program Assistant
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Food Safety and Nutrition
Expanded Foods Nutrition Education Program Food Tasting at Pender Christian Services
The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) offers food tasting programs at Pender County
Christian Services (PCCS). PCCS is a non-profit charity organization that has a food pantry that helps
distribute food to low income, rural residents, assists with disaster response and relief, offers workforce
development training and has a thrift store where people can purchase food, donated clothes and
household goods. Local food pantries such as PCCS can be a life saver for limited resource families.
Working with Sandy Harris, Executive Director of PCCS, the EFNEP Program Assistant provided a food
tasting of homemade turkey chili at one of these tasting events. It was held at the PCCS building and
provided drive-up food distribution on November 8, 2022. Recipes were given out by the EFNEP PA and
cans of chili beans were given out by PCCS.
Thirty families participated in this two-hour event, with many expressing gratitude and excitement about
the quality and flavor of the turkey chili as many have never had it before. Ninety percent of participants
indicated that they would make it at home for their families.
The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) Assistant is supported by 22 Pender County teachers
and volunteers. The Program Assistant (PA) works with these volunteers who donated 36 hours of
volunteer time valued at $1,078. In 2022 there were 234 EFNEP classroom sessions over 66 hours that
reached 1,398 Pender County elementary school students and adults. The program assistant also received
$200 in donated food, utensils and toothbrushes to share with students.