The jobs of more than 100 MU Extension Nutrition Educators are no longer in jeopardy because of the government shutdown.
Now that the government is up and running, extension faculty and staff will soon be back teaching in classrooms or community centers throughout state.
As we reported earlier this month, nutrition educators stayed on the job during the government shutdown thanks to a one-time payment from the University of Missouriâ??s reserve funds.
There was enough money to cover salaries, but not the cost of traveling to more than 800 schools for federally funded nutrition education programs.
MU Extension officials said they have some catching up to do.
Program Director Jo Britt-Rankin said, â??We introduce over a thousand new people a day to our education. That means that we lost about 15,000 people that we would normally reach in a year. Weâ??re hopeful that we can resume very quickly and bring those folks back on board. There was a lot of anxiety for our staff.â??
Britt-Rankin expects to hear from federal government officials within the next few days and get back the funding for the MU Extension Nutrition Program.