Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

November 6, 2008


The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins.  Those present were:

Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Rob Ryan, Dixie Dick, Jessie May Hendrickson, Rob Knebl, Marsha Dooley, Kyle Uhlmann, Ralph Bender, Alberto Squassabia, SNAP Agent Nora Garza, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.  Excused were Trena Anastasia, Valerie Clark, David Lee and Seth Anthony.


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 a.m.    Introductions were made.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.


Agent Report:  Nora Garza


Colorado State University Extension Nutrition Program


Adult Extension-based SNAP-Ed Program -Name changed in 2009 from FSNE (Food Stamp Nutrition Education) Program to SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education)


The Extension-based programs provide :

Free nutrition classes in English and Spanish to individuals with limited resource availability


Classes include topics on:

  • Choosing Healthy Foods
  • Handling Food Safely
  • Budgeting food dollars, menu planning, and shopping strategies


Target Audience:

  • Low-income adults
  • Low-income emancipated youth
  • Title 1 schools, Head Start Centers


Class Format:

  • In-depth class series (6-12 participants/class) over several time periods (4-12 lessons)
  • Single event classes (up to 30 participants) from 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Exhibits, displays, demonstrations, newsletters


The Numbers (at the state level) Totals for 2007

  • 844 graduates
  • 2,000 individuals attended single events
  • 100,000 people reached through exhibits, displays, demonstrations, newsletters


Program Graduates:

  • Have received in-depth nutrition and food budgeting education
  • Eat a wider variety of foods
  • Are better able to make informed decisions in the grocery store
  • Save an average of $50 per month on their monthly food expenditures, stretch their food stamps to last up to a week longer, and feed their families more nutritiously
  • Report acquiring self-confidence and a sense of self-worth through offering valuable learned information to their families
  • Practice safe food-handling practices




Agencies that Larimer County  SNAP-Ed currently partners with:

Food Bank for Larimer County, Kids Café, Child Protection Services, Volunteers of America Congregate Meal Sites, Loveland and Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, Foothills Gateway, Thompson Valley Early Childhood Center in Loveland and Berthoud, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Crossroads Safe House in Fort Collins, House of Neighborly Services, Neighbor to Neighbor, Public Library in Fort Collins and Loveland, Mental Health Office, Early Head Start in Fort Collins, The Food Stamp Office in Fort Collins and Loveland, The Teen Parent Program in Fort Collins High School, WIC office, Northside Aztlan Community Center, CORE Center, Thompson School District Title I schools


Impacts of the SNAP-Ed Program:

  • 70% of program graduates reported a positive change in some aspect of their eating habits
  • 38% more often planned meals in advance
  • 45% more often used the “Nutrition Facts” on the food label to make food choices
  • 30% less often ran out of food before the end of the month


Nora asked if there were suggestions of other agencies to partner with.


The members then discussed the value of Extension’s use of a variety of methods when providing information and education.


  • Workshops
  • Internet
  • Technical information in layman terms
  • One-on-one assistance from Master Gardeners, Master Food Safety Advisors, questions to Agents, Small Acreage management
  • Group interaction
  • Train the trainers
  • 4-H members also learn from each other and with the help of Junior Leaders.


Director’s Report

            Laurel reported on:

·  Rural Economic development

·  Financial Literacy Summit will be December 8.

·  4-H Achievement Night will be Friday, December 5

·  Program on small acreages for realtors

·  2008 Master Gardener program results

·  Grandfamilies Alliance and Caregiving  -- program numbers continue to increase

·  End of year 4-H data

·  Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging – highly successful

·  Colorado Living Newsletter – Larimer County edition coming in 2009


Dates for 2009 Extension Advisory Meetings

      March 5 (* changed to March 4 due to conflict)

      May 7

      September 3

      November 5

      (First Thursdays of  these months)


The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.

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