The University of Tennessee Extension Office last week said 44 grant-funded jobs providing nutrition education for Tennesseans using food stamps will be eliminated due to a $2.9 million cut to funding. The affected workers in the Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program were notified Monday that their positions would be eliminated on Sept. 30.
This is the second round of jobs cuts this year at the extension service, which announced in January the loss of 60 positions due to state budget reductions. The extension gets funding from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for the nutrition education program through the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The program teaches families how to prepare healthy meals and use food stamps and other resources effectively.