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2023 EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Impacts

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  • 31% reported their health is excellent or very good.
  • 24% reported their food didn’t last before they could get more.


  • Introduce youth to fruits and vegetables.
  • Teach adults to plan, purchase, and prepare healthier meals.
  • Engage families to select healthier foods and be active.
  • Support communities to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

2023 at a Glance

  • 412 partner organizations engaged
  • 46.8 M impressions from digital media advertisement
  • 12,907 youth and adults taught through nutrition education courses, with an average length of course 305 minutes
  • 138 policy, systems, or environmental changes reached 30,000 youth and adults
  • 42K views on HappyHealthy website
  • 317K impressions on social media

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)


  • 83% improved their ability to choose foods according to Dietary Recommendations
  • 59% used safe food handling practices more often
  • 48% improved their physical activity practices
  • 61% improved their ability to prepare simple, nutritious, affordable food

EFNEP Adults

  • 96% improved in diet quality indicators
  • 92% improved in food resource management practices
  • 74% improved their physical activity practices
  • 34% improved in food security indicators

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed Youth

  • 35% increased vegetable intake
  • 39% increased fruit intake
  • 48% increased milk consumption
  • 61% increased days of physical activity

SNAP-Ed Adults

  • 88% reported an increase in healthy food preparation behaviors
  • 81% reported an increase in how often they eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or low-fat dairy
  • 71% reported increased key food skills and strategies for making healthy food behaviors
  • 66% reported an increase in how often they eat fruits or vegetables

Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE)

  • 197 HappyHealthy Schools reached over 25,000
  • 197 HappyHealthy bulletin boards
  • 77 fruit or vegetable tastings reached 19,000

School and Community Gardens

197 edible gardens reached 2,500


Mississippi map showing relevant programs. EFNEP is in the following counties: Marshall, Tate, Lafayette, Lee, Chickasaw, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Grenada, Attala, Winston (includes MBCI communities), Kemper (includes MBCI communities), Newton (includes MBCI communities), Clark, Simpson, Scott, Jefferson Davis, Marion, Jones (includes MBCI communities), and Wayne. SNAP-Ed is in these counties: Panola, Coahoma, Bolivar, Sunflower, Humphreys, Sharkey, Issaquena, Yazoo, Madison, Leake (includes Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian communities), Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Noxubee, Neshoba (includes MBCI communities), Lauderdale, Rankin, Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson. Both EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are in these counties: Washington, Leflore, Holmes, and Hinds. Congressional districts are outlined, showing that programs are available in all four districts.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

  • 811 youth and adults taught
  • 302 sessions for a total of 206 hours of instruction
  • 2,926 individuals reached with food demonstrations

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HAPPYHEALTHY Social Marketing

  • supports the purchase of seasonal, local fruits and vegetables
  • provides affordable, healthy, practical, and delicious recipes
  • builds meal-planning and culinary skills
  • encourages Mississippians to be active





M2458 (POD-04-24)

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