EFNEP Recognizes Two Union County Staffers

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For 50 years, EFNEP has been fighting to free individuals from food insecurity, poor nutrition, and choices that are detrimental to the health of families. To celebrate the 50-year milestone and to plan for the next 50 years, EFNEP staff from across the state gathered in Raleigh last week.

During the anniversary celebration, a number of individuals were honored. Most notably, Cheri Bennett of Union County was awarded the Minnie Miller Brown award. This award was named for the first state EFNEP coordinator in North Carolina, Minnie Brown, who was a professor, a Winthrop Rockefeller Award for Distinguishing Rural Service winner, and all-around passionate advocate for those in need.

Cheri Bennett wins the Miller Brown Award

Photo by Ken Martin

Cheri Bennett was recognized with the Minnie Miller Brown award for her work to develop strong partnerships with Union County, obtaining sponsorships to enhance EFNEP programs and reaching underserved audiences, including individuals who are visually impaired. She is focused on cross-promoting her work within the Extension organization to better reach and serve more individuals in need.

Cheri was also recognized as a Circle of Excellence recipient. Individuals entering the Circle of Excellence are EFNEP Educators who consistently perform above their target workloads and consistently meet their impact goals. They are masters of outreach and meeting the needs of their participants. They are often leaders within their unit and exemplify excellence. Circle of Excellence members are individuals who constantly seek self-improvement and look for ways to become more effective and efficient in program delivery and results.

Dana Braswell, Administrative Assistant, was recognized as an EFNEP Champion. EFNEP Champion Awards were established in 2009 as a way to recognize individuals who, although not employed by EFNEP, are a constant driving force in the success of the program, either in their county, their region or the state. These individuals are close partners in promoting the program, accessing resources for the program, advocating the mission of the program to key stakeholders and helping to support program expansion.

Dana Braswell wins the EFNEP Champion Award

Photo by Ken Martin

EFNEP works to positively impact the physical, mental, financial and emotional health of participants by providing peer-to-peer, hands-on education. Last year alone, more than 17,000 individuals in 45 counties received support from an EFNEP program in North Carolina, and the program boasted a $10 savings on overall healthcare costs for every dollar invested.

Please join us in congratulating Cheri and Dana on their accomplishments!