College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Family and Community Well-Being

Families are the backbone of our communities, but many – especially single parent and lower-income families – face numerous stresses that threaten their well-being. The Cooperative Extension Nutrition Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is dedicated to enhancing health and well-being through nutrition education and support. With Family and Consumer Science agents strategically located throughout North Carolina, our program reaches communities far and wide, offering valuable insights into making healthier food choices and leading balanced lifestyles. Moreover, we are committed to addressing the needs of limited-resource families by providing specialized assistance through The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), ensuring that everyone has access to vital nutritional knowledge and resources. Our SNAP-Ed program, called Try Healthy, offers many workshops and programs through local Cooperative Extension centers. Other programs provide civic groups, community leaders, small business owners, nonprofit organizations, municipal officials, and individuals with skills that help them work together to solve community problems and make informed decisions. Programs strive to engage all community members in building community assets, including youth, young adults, women, minorities, low-income residents, and retirees.