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.
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.
Arkansas EFNEP Priorities
EFNEP uses a holistic nutritional educational approach. Participation should result in individuals and families experiencing improvements in four core areas:
- Diet quality and physical activity
- Food resource management
- Food safety
- Food security
Arkansas EFNEP Audience
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.