JEFFERSON-A local Cooperative Extension employee was recently recognized for going above and beyond.
Rhonda Church, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Assistant, was recently awarded the Circle of Excellence Award at the North Carolina EFNEP Awards Luncheon in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The award is given to staff who consistently perform above their target workloads. Those who have received the award have conducted programs that have shown great impact in meeting the needs of those participating in the program.
“Rhonda has worked with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center since April 2009. She is a leader among her peers and her standard of work has been excellent,” Ashe County Extension Director Carolyn Shepherd said.
Shepherd said Church has worked with many organizations to recruit and teach healthy eating habits, the importance of physical activity, how to shop smarter and eat better on a budget. She’s taught hundreds of people – both youth and adults – food preparation and handling techniques.
As a result of Church’s efforts, hundreds of families are eating more nutritiously and enjoying more physical activity, Shepherd said.
“We are fortunate to have Rhonda on our staff and are so proud of her accomplishments and celebrate her being recognized for the great work she has done and continues to do,” Shepherd said.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program administered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, provides education for limited resource families in Ashe County to help them make better choices when planning and preparing meals.
For more information, please call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center at (336) 846-5850.