The SNAP-Ed/EFNEP Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE- South) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC State) is an integrated project funded by a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in order to improve the health of low-income Americans through multiple strategies, including complementary nutrition education and public health approaches. The RNECE Initiative’s work equips Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) implementing agencies to create a culture of wellness and to promote evidence-based approaches to nutrition education and policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change. RNECE-South serves SNAP-Ed and EFNEP efforts in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


Based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and NC State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, RNECE-South utilizes the expertise of program implementers and evaluators at UNC and NC State and the support from the RNECE-South Steering Committee to build a strong system of resources and guidance for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP program implementation and evaluation across the entire RNECE-South Network.


United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD

Co-Director & Prinicple Investigator