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Making a Difference
Oklahoma’s statistics on hunger and food insecurity are startling.

  • 654,640 Oklahomans are “food insecure,” which means they don’t have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Oklahomans are more likely to be food-insecure than most Americans with 16.5% of Oklahomans reporting food-insecurity compared to 14.3% of Americans reporting food-insecurity.
  • Oklahoma ranks among the top five states in the number of people who are food insecure.
  • 242,990 children in Oklahoma were food insecure in 2013. 
  • More than 1 in 4 Oklahoma children rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) for additional food.
  • More than 84% of children attending OKC Public Schools receive free or reduced cost school meals (more than 80% for Tulsa Public Schools).
  • Oklahoma has ranked 10th in difficulty accessing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

A number of chronic diseases and health conditions tied to food insecurity are more prevalent in Oklahoma, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and being overweight or obese — all diseases or conditions that contribute to the rising healthcare costs. By serving the state’s limited-income populations, CNEP is working to improve the conditions of those most in need.

For more information about Oklahoma food insecurity, visit the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

How is CNEP having an impact?

Based on the Oklahoma EFNEP and SNAP-Ed 2016 Impact Reports:

  • Up to 90% of participating adults reported bettering food resource management practices.
  • Up to 93% of participants demonstrated a positive change toward a healthy diet.
  • Up to 84% of participating adults reported improving nutrition practices.
  • Up to 74% of participating youth reported increasing knowledge or ability to choose healthy food.
  • 58% of participating adults reported improving food safety practices.
  • Up to 31% of participating adults reported increasing their physical activity levels by 30 minutes or more.
  • Up to 27% of participating youth improving physical activity knowledge or practices.

Who are CNEP participants?

  • CNEP provides nutrition education to limited-resource adults, youth and families within Oklahoma communities.
  • Up to 48% of CNEP participants reported a household income that was at, or below, 50% of the federal poverty level.
  • Up to 49% of CNEP participants are ethnic minorities.
  • In 2016, CNEP provided nutrition education to 3,286 adults, 45,842 youth, and reached 10,719 family members indirectly affecting the lives of close to 60,000 Oklahomans.

 Why is CNEP so effective?

  • We offer multiple programs with research-based lessons involving hands-on learning experiences. This allows our educators to effectively reach and educate program participants.
  • Our nutrition education assistants (NEAs) coach participants during weekly lessons to build skills that enable them to stretch their family food dollars, plan and prepare more nutritious meals and increase physical activity.
  • Our nutrition lessons are personalized to prioritize the family’s needs.
  • Our NEAs are flexible and can provide lessons to an individual or group.
  • CNEP strives to hire NEAs with a strong understanding of the barriers many limited-income families face in achieving a healthy diet. As paraprofessionals, the NEAs are skilled in using hands-on interactive teaching methods which enable them to influence changes in behavior and impact the lives of those they teach.
  • CNEP works in partnership with WIC, local schools, food stamp offices and emergency food services to help families in need while avoiding duplication of services.

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