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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

What is EFNEP? 

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension and Research. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative Extension Service fund the program.

What we do

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to empower individuals, families and youth with limited resources to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior changes necessary to maintain  nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development.

Our goals

EFNEP uses a holistic nutritional educational approach.  Clients will experience improvements in four core areas:

  • Diet quality and physical activity
  • Food resource management
  • Food safety
  • Food security

Who is eligible for EFNEP?

Individuals who are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC, or Head Start, are also eligible for EFNEP

Arkansas EFNEP Audiences: Adults and Youth

The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP educators trained by Extension educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum in less than 9 sessions. The EFNEP youth program focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from families with low income.

The youth are taught in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP educators and volunteers.

EFNEP provides food and nutrition education for limited resource audiences in 17 counties in Arkansas.

What does it cost? Where are lessons located?

The programs are free and informal and available at convenient locations and times in the home and community. The instructors live in your county and deliver intensive, multi-session nutrition lessons. 

 Contact your local county extension office for more information.

Map of Arkansas with EFNEP counties highlighted