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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.

 EFNEP Mission

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.

EFNEP provides food and nutrition education for limited resource audiences in 16 counties in Arkansas. The programs are free, informal and available at convenient locations and times in the home and community. Educators, who are indigenous to the target population, deliver intensive, multi-session nutrition education programs.

 Contact your local county extension office for more information.

Map of Arkansas with EFNEP counties highlighted