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Success Story in Edgecombe County

St. Luke Church of Christ, Princeville

April 13, 2017

Yvonne Murphy, Program Associate with the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) partnered with St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville to carry out a vibrant Faithful Families program in partnership with the wellness committee at the church. Through this curriculum, participants are challenged to make positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, increase physical activity, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation and practice safe storage and handling of food.

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Macon County, NC – A Snapshot of Success

Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor with Macon County, NC has been busy developing an promoting a successful Faithful Families program.  Macon County Public Health worked with Holly Springs Baptist Church and other faith communities to implement the program, with assistance from the Community Transformation Grant program in their region.  They were met with great success – in one congregation 86% of participants reported eating smaller portions and 86% of participants reported they were more mindful about what they ate.

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Faithful Families Featured at NC Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration!

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program was recently featured at a Centennial Celebration for North Carolina Cooperative Extension!  We are proud to share this video, which highlights some of the great work of our partners in Wake County, including Kristin Larson, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Associate, and leaders at Mount Peace Baptist Church in Raleigh.

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Connecting with Food Pantries: What Have We Learned So Far?

Note: This post was originally posted on the Voices into Action website.

March 25, 2014

by Annie Hardison-Moody

In each of the counties where Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project works, organizations and county residents have talked about how important food pantries are to their communities.  Given the recent economic downturn, coupled with cuts to federal food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), food pantries and other emergency food providers are increasingly on the front lines in making sure families have the food they need to survive and thrive.

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Faithful Families Classes at the IAR: 2013 Year in Review

January 16, 2014

by Maryam Funmilayo

The Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More program was launched at the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) on February 9, 2013. The popularity of the classes has grown and attracted many women from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Although the number of participants in each class varies, the interest and word of mouth have been very encouraging, to say the least.

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Ramblin’ Rose

September 20, 2013

by Debbie Stephenson

We all know the importance of adding activity to your day.  It could be as easy as going for a walk or playing Frisbee with your children.  I like doing 5Ks and find it motivating to sign up for races in the future and then training for them.  The registration commitment keeps me challenged and on track.  There are several races that are held annually and new ones are added all the time. Many of them benefit charities and include an option to walk or run.  Next time you see one advertised, think about signing up!  For example, the Harnett County Partnership for Children has a 5K for the first 2000 days at Campbell University on October 12th.

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Faith-based food pantry partners with EFNEP

August 1, 2013

by Annie Hardison-Moody

Faithful Families is excited to partner with Voices into Action: The families, food and health project in Harnett, Lee and Wake counties in North Carolina.  One of the goals of the Harnett Voices into Action: Empowering and Serving Harnett County Through the Families, Food, and Health Project committee has been to bring nutrition education, through programs like the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to food pantries in Western Harnett County. We are currently piloting this through a partnership with Martha’s Place Food Pantry, which is a faith-based food pantry with leadership from Solid Rock United Methodist Church and partners across the county.

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Good Things are Growing at New Covenant UMC

by Heidi Smith

July 12, 2013

New Covenant United Methodist Church in Hamilton, NJ invited the community to have a “hands on ” lesson on container gardening recently.  In May of 2013, we planted peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  As they grew outside in the church yard, different participants enjoyed tending to them.  We finished the Faithful Families lesson, “Choosing More Fruits and Vegetables,” which was timed perfectly for when the vegetables were ready for picking!   It really helped drive the point regarding accessing fresh fruits and vegetables.

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