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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a comprehensive health education program developed with the dual-purpose of offsetting the rising national epidemic of chronic illnesses and diseases and assisting families on government-assistance on stretching their food dollars. Since 1969, EFNEP has provided families throughout the United States and its territories the latest research on health and nutrition to improve their quality of life.

EFNEP combines hands-on learning, applied science, and program data to ensure program effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability. This education model, allows participants to engage and lead the conversation with a trained nutrition education facilitator. Topics covered include food safety practices, saving money on food, improving food security, and healthy diet, nutrition, and exercise. Programming for youth in grades k-5  typically covers six to nine 30 minute lessons, during or after-school. Middle School and High School lessons are customized based on need but need at least nine lessons to graduate. Adult Education also needs at least nine lessons to graduate and are typically offered at churches, community colleges, and medical clinics.

If you are interested in bringing EFNEP into your school or community, please contact Angie Lawrence 910-253-2610 or email

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More information about EFNEP from the USDA