The Expanded Food And Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is an interactive learning process where participants learn how to make food choices which can improve the nutritional quality of meals that they serve. They increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of their families. They gain new skills in food production, preparation, storage, safety and sanitation; as well as how to better manage their food budget and related resources from federal, state, and local food assistance agencies and organizations. They also may learn about related topics such as physical activity and health. EFNEP is delivered as a series of 6-8 lessons, often over several months, by paraprofessionals (peer educators) who are indigenous to the target population. The hands-on, learn-by-doing approach allows the participants to gain the practical skills necessary to make positive behavior changes. Through EFNEP, participants also often experienced increased self-worth, recognizing that they have something to offer their families and society.
Featured Sucess Story
Letter from a recent graduate:
This class was very beneficial for me. I learned a lot, and as a mother I can use what I learned to improve the wellbeing of my family. Thanks a lot to the instructor for her patience when teaching and explaining the materials, and for giving us ideas for preparing healthy meals.
Thank you for everything!