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Lincoln County Programs

Healthy Eating on a Budget


To improve knowledge, skills, attitudes and healthful behaviors among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and those eligible for SNAP benefits.


Poor health disproportionately affects minority and low-income U.S. populations. The 2012 American Community Survey data shows Nevada’s poverty estimate to be 16 percent. According to Nevada’s 2010 Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey (total n=3,913), of the respondents with incomes less than $25,000 per year, 14 percent have been told by a doctor they have coronary heart disease, 21 percent have been told they have diabetes, 68 percent are overweight, and 47 percent are obese. Low-income families are the most vulnerable to both undernutrition and overconsumption. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifically emphasizes consumption of low-fat, nutrient-dense foods, limited sugars and increased physical activity. In contrast, food consumption research shows low-income families often consume low-cost, high-fat, high-calorie foods that provide more calories for less money.


The number of total SNAP participants increased in Nevada by 4.7 percent in 2014, with 375,506 people participating in SNAP in Nevada each month. Demographics of those participants included: 46 percent were under the age of 18, 17 percent were under the age of 5, and 9 percent were 60 years of age or older. White (non-Hispanic) participants made up the largest percentage of SNAP participants at 37 percent, while Hispanic participants were reported at 30 percent and Black (non-Hispanic) participants were reported at 22 percent. SNAP participation in 2015 has continued to increase and year-to-date includes 7.6 percent more participants than in 2014.

Healthy Eating on a Budget partners with the Nevada Department of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) in conjunction with their job readiness to provide nutrition education to those receiving SNAP benefits. Participants learn how to select a nutritious diet, use food resources efficiently to prevent food insecurity, and maintain food safety.

What Has Been Done:

Since its inception in 2012, 593 SNAP recipients have graduated from the eight-lesson Healthy Eating on a Budget Program. The program has been conducted at three Las Vegas DWSS locations, one DWSS location in Reno, and four community sites in Lincoln County. To date, 381 individual education classes have been conducted with SNAP recipients and those eligible for SNAP benefits.


Program entry and exit evaluation data has shown that 89 percent of participants improved their nutrition practices (planning meals, making health food choices, preparing foods without salt, reading nutrition labels) 78 percent of participants improved their food resource management practices (comparing prices, not running out of food, using grocery lists) and 65 percent improved their safe food handling skills (storing and thawing food properly).


Program partners have included the Nevada Department of Welfare and Supportive Services in Las Vegas and Reno, the Caliente Senior Center, the Pahranagat Valley Senior Center, the Panaca Fire Station/Hall and the Pioche Fire Station/Hall.

Contact: Aurora Buffington, Ph.D., 702-257-5534

Programs Program Information

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Cattlemen’s Update

Cattlemen’s Update is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.

Healthy Eating on a Budget


Herds and Harvest

Little Books and Little Cooks

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Little Books & Little Cooks program is a national ward winning program (from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) to address parenting and nutrition information. The program teaches both parents and their young children (ages 3-5) important milestones of early learning and literacy, school readiness and good nutrition through a seven-week program. Topics for seven weeks include: proper hand washing procedure, food safety and kitchen safety rules, USDA MyPlate (five food groups), benefits of cooking with children, multicultural foods, parents’ feeding style and hunger and fullness cues, picky eating behaviors, and importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Reading children’s books about nutrition and healthy eating as well as cooking and eating together allow both children and parents to learn about healthy eating and nutrition and gain positive parent-child interaction skills. This program offers children a way to learn important pre-kindergarten skills, including math, science, physical development, health and nutrition, literacy development, social development and creative arts, as well as to try new, nutritious foods.

Pesticide Safety Education Program

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program provides Web-based training for pesticide applicators seeking to apply restricted and general use pesticides safely, properly and according to the law. Pesticide licensure and certification is administered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
Beef Quality Assurance
Food Safety Project
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Nevada Radon Education Program
Nevada State GEAR UP
Nevada Youth Range Camp
People of the Land
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
Risk Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management