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Cardenas Hired as Extension Family Educator

LAS CRUCES - Linda Cardenas began work Nov. 22 as a family educator with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Dona Ana County.

Cardenas will serve the Las Cruces area as an educator with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). EFNEP, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an Extension program that teaches low-income families how to prepare nutritious foods, shop economically, use commodity foods, read nutrition labels and store food properly. Family educators also administer the program to agencies such as Women, Infants and Children, Head Start and the Home Education Livelihood Program.

Cardenas hopes to teach parents that there is no need to change their culture or resources. She wants to teach them about other resources available to them and other ways of preparing their favorite foods.

Cardenas comes to NMSU from Primero los Niftos, where she was an assistant teacher. She has worked with other social agencies, including Head Start. She also has worked with the Home Education Livelihood Program since she was 18, teaching English to homeless, migrant workers.

Cardenas, a Hatch native, is pursuing a degree in social work at NMSU.