Savannah Valley District

Homemaker’s Column: Fluid Needs

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated when outdoor temperatures and humidity are extremely high. Dehydration is a health risk, especially for young children and the elderly. To avoid dehydration and keep your body working, usually during the summer months, replace water lost through sweating, breathing, urination, […]

Preserving Summer Squash

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Are you looking for ways to preserve the yellow or zucchini squash that grows so abundantly in summer gardens in South Carolina? The best options are to either freeze or pickle summer squash. The USDA has withdrawn recommendations for canning summer squash, including zucchini, that appeared in […]

EFNEP Impact’s Homemaker

Akendra Jackson, Nutrition Educator – Berkeley County The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program continues to impact our participants’ health and wellness significantly. I have been working with a homemaker who is more enthusiastic about her health now than ever. During our weekly lessons, she regularly shared her health achievements. She was excited about her […]


Jevencia Hill, Nutrition Educator – Allendale and Hampton County Hampton County’s EFNEP has been on the stage in both Hampton and Allendale communities. One of our most impactful programming opportunities for this summer was with First Baptist Church which hosted the 2022 Camp Impact sessions for six weeks. Summer 2022 is the second year that […]

Homemaker’s Column: Traveling with Food

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Vacation season is upon us. Many families take food with them for picnics and keep little stomachs (and mouths) full while driving in the car. But improperly stored food could result in an unwanted vacation souvenir – food-borne illness. Packing and storing food with food safety in […]

EFNEP Nutrition Education for Teens and Youth Program

Christine J. Patrick, Senior Agent – EFNEP Situation – Many children and adolescents in the United States are obese. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, policy and school curriculum changes that make it easier for children and adolescents to eat healthily and be physically active can help reduce obesity. The Expanded Food and […]

Homemaker’s Column: Getting Children to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Summertime is in full swing, meaning the grocery store is colorful with fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce is at the most vibrant and tasty, providing the perfect opportunity to get kids to eat it. However, this task may be easier said than done. Often children have an […]

Homemaker’s Column: What’s Sunday without Green Beans?

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Green beans are a staple when it comes to Sunday meals. Old-timers called them string beans. However, today’s varieties have had most of the string bred out of them. They’re also called snap beans because of their sound when you break them in two. Whatever type you […]

Homemaker’s Column: Fish Safety

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP In South Carolina, where water is everywhere, fishing is a significant summer activity.  We have lakes, streams, rivers, oceans, and canals, and they are filled with a variety of fish and seafood. These fish and seafood come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, but they all […]

Homemaker’s Column: Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination, a common food safety term, occurs when harmful pathogens are transferred from one food to another during food preparation and cooking. Cross-contamination can be particularly damaging when foodborne pathogens are transmitted to food that will not be cooked before it is served. A classic example is when a cutting board that has been used […]