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My name is Chrissy Barbrey and I am the “new” Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Educator. 

I came to be a part of the Halifax team on March 1, 2020, and approximately 2 weeks later the world as we knew it changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time our EFNEP team across the state has worked diligently to bring to our communities the same quality, research-based nutrition education classes. 

Through hands-on activities, youth participants enrolled in EFNEP have fun learning about MyPlate and the five food groups, good food safety practices, and physical activity. In the past 10 months, we have made our classes available online and are currently being taught to our youth in the county schools. 

However, did you know we also have classes available for adults to learn skills and strategies to feed their families nutritious meals on a limited budget? This part of my position is new to Halifax County. I am eagerly looking forward to helping adults/families learn about the many ways they can be healthier, cook tasty nutritious meals, learn food safety and simple exercise tips, and so much more. 

I love to teach LIVE interactive virtual classes, and this can be accomplished in a number of ways. You don’t have to have a computer, tablet, or laptop to join me. We have a number of formats and platforms that we can use on a phone including Facebook Live, Google Meet, or Zoom. We can still cook, exercise, and learn together in our own spaces. Our classes are 6-9 lessons, depending on the needs, interests, and availability of the participants. This can be modified to suit the needs of the group. So reach out to your friends, family,  and co-workers, and invite them to join you for our EFNEP classes. If you would like to learn more about EFNEP please call or email me at 252-583-5161 or

chrissy_poole@ncsu.edu.