Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
FRESH ON DEK
With funding from the DeKalb County government, the DeKalb County Board of Health, and collaboration and partnership among various departments and community organizations, DeKalb Extension launched year two of this program. The Fresh on DeK Mobile Farmers Market addresses obesity and chronic diseases by providing fresh produce to communities that are considered food deserts. Residents in DeKalb County were provided opportunities to purchase fresh produce and to sample healthy, nutritious recipes. Fresh on DeK served 4,231 individuals, with 24,014 total pounds of produce sold. Peaches were the top-selling fruit, with 1,200 pounds sold, and corn was the top-selling vegetable, with 1,600 pounds sold.MASTER GARDENERS Since 1979, the DeKalb County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program has been extending UGA research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. This program is an example of an effective partnership between DeKalb County volunteers who are passionate about gardening and UGA. In 2016, 285 active volunteers provided 17,054 hours of volunteer service and ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia for Master Gardener volunteer hours. Personal contacts with the citizens of DeKalb County totaled 16,638, including phone calls, office consultations, email communication and educational programs. The total value of this volunteer-led program is worth $401,792. Most importantly, these dynamic volunteers are beautifying DeKalb County one neighborhood at a time!
EXPANDED FOOD & NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
DeKalb EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) offers weekly classes to parents with limited resources. The program provides seven to eight weeks of nutrition education using the Food Talk curriculum. Fifty-seven percent of participants reported using the Nutrition Facts label more often when shopping; 45 percent were less likely to thaw frozen food at room temperature; 42 percent compared food prices more often when making grocery purchases; and 40 percent were less likely to run out of food before the end of the month. There were 608 EFNEP participants, reaching 2,428 families with 2,861 direct contact hours.
Health Rocks! helps youth develop life skills in the areas of critical thinking, decision-making, communication, managing feelings, stress management and goal setting to help them to resist risky behaviors. It also provides accurate health information regarding statistics and consequences of youth tobacco, alcohol and drug use.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.