Lisa Benavente

Lisa Benavente

MEd Extension Associate, EFNEP 919-245-2054

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult EFNEP
  • Youth EFNEP
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teens EFNEP


Lisa Benavente is an Extension Associate for the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and is a member of the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences. She has over 15 years experience serving limited resource families in both educator and leadership roles. Lisa currently provides leadership to EFNEP in the North Central District. She trains, coaches, and provides programmatic supervision to area EFNEP Nutrition Program Assistants/Associates. She collaborates with county teams in support of EFNEP and works closely with the district’s county extension directors for recruitment, hiring and evaluation of Nutrition Program Assistants/Associates. In addition, Lisa supports program success by the critical review of outreach and impacts. She is currently working within the following counties: Ashe, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange and Surry.

Programs and Initiatives

  • EFNEP's Families Eating Smart and Moving More
  • Sybershop
  • Kids in the Kitchen

Selected Publications

  • Benavente, L.M., Jayaratne, K.S.U., & Jones, L. (2009). Challenges, Alternatives, and Educational Strategies in Reaching Limited Income Audiences. Journal of Extension [On-line], 47(6) Article 6RIB2. (link)
  • Leak, T., Benavente, L., Goodell, L.S., Lassiter, A., Jones, L., & Bowen, S. (2013). EFNEP Graduates' Perspectives on Social Media to Supplement Nutrition Education: Focus Group Findings from Active Users. JNEB. In press.

Contributing Websites

Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
Office Location:
Orange County Center
P.O. Box 8181/306-E Revere Rd.
Hillsborough, NC
Cell: 919-218-0490