Utah State Extension in Kane County: Managing Mealtime
As if feeding two hungry teenagers was not enough, Shannon Smith was faced with being confined to a wheelchair as well as not having the help of her husband who is often working.
"I needed some help," Smith said. "Not so much physically, but with planning meals and purchasing healthy food."
That's when she called on Julia Holt, Extension’s EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program) aide, who also happened to be Smith's home economics teacher 20 years ago.
The weekly lessons have paid off and Smith said she can now trust her teenagers to do the shopping and prepare the meals without relying on a steady diet of junk food. "An added benefit is that we are saving money and the message is rubbing off on my older children and grandchildren," Smith said.
Holt acts as her teacher and conscience. "She comes by each week to check on how we are doing nutritionally. She's like family now."