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Helping Lane County eat healthy
The Lane County Extension Nutrition Education Program helps limited-resource individuals, children, and families learn about the importance of making healthy food choices. Classes are taught in a variety of settings from youth in local public school classrooms to adult groups in a nearby church. We teach classes that help learners:
- Develop skills that promote self-sufficiency
- Stretch food dollars
- Handle food safely
- Learn more about nutrition
We help people plan and prepare quick, inexpensive, and healthy meals. We encourage them to experience healthier living through better nutrition and increased physical activity. Our nutrition education efforts are funded by two federal programs that provide nutrition education programming to limited-resource audiences.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) focuses on families including eligible parents, pregnant women, and youth in kindergarten through high school. EFNEP also serves child-care providers who are caring for children from limited-resource families.
The Oregon Family Nutrition Program (OFNP) provides funds for nutrition education programs for individuals, regardless of age or family status, including seniors, youth, families, and individuals who receive or are eligible for food stamps or other food assistance programs.
Food Pantry Project
We cooperate with several county agencies to offer Lane County’s Food Pantry Project. Trained Extension volunteers work with OSU Extension faculty to help citizens with limited-resources make better use of available foods. We show how to prepare nutritious meals from simple, basic foods available from local food pantries.