Hazel McPhatter Earns State Awards at State Conference

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Hazel McPhatter, EFNEP Educator in Scotland County received the “Over the Mark” Award, the Circle of Excellence Award, and the Minnie Brown Award at the 2018 EFNEP State Conference. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is conducted across the state through North Carolina Cooperative Extension, NC State University, and North Carolina A&T University. For nearly fifty years, EFNEP has been helping limited resource youth and families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. 

The “Over the Mark” award recognizes EFNEP Educators who meet 5% or more above their target outreach and meet or exceed program impact goals. These educators are the masters of outreach and partnership. They adjust their work schedules to meet participants where they are and form solid partnerships with community organizations that result in EFNEP goals being met.

Hazel entered second level of the Circle of Excellence as an EFNEP Educator who consistently performs above her target workloads and consistently meet her impact goals. She is a master of outreach and meets the needs of her participants in nutritional education. She is a leader within her unit and exemplifies excellence in her work with children and families across the county. 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. They are good program managers and their program is well-known in the county they serve.

The Minnie Miller Brown Award is the highest honor given to an EFNEP Educator. The award is given in memory of Minnie Miller Brown (1922-1995), the state’s first EFNEP Coordinator. She served in that role from 1969, when EFNEP was created, until her retirement in 1981. Professor Brown had a distinguished career as a teacher and program director. She was recognized nationally as a leader among EFNEP state coordinators. She inspired the EFNEP staff with a vision for helping improve conditions for a neglected audience—rural poor families and youth in North Carolina. Mrs. Brown is remembered with affection for her passion for and commitment to EFNEP. On her retirement, a special endowment was established within the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to provide an annual award for the outstanding program educator of the year in adult or youth outreach. The first Minnie Miller Brown Award was presented in 1982.

Through this work and in collaboration with many organizations through the Eat Smart and Move More initiative, NC EFNEP aims to reduce the rising tide of obesity by teaching youth and families practical skills resulting in changed behaviors that help them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight.

For more information about EFNEP, contact Scotland County Extension Center at 910-277-2422.