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), managed by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), 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 increase physical activity.
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, Head Start or their children participate in the school breakfast/lunch program are also eligible for EFNEP
Arkansas EFNEP Audiences: Adults and Youth
The adults are taught in small groups or individually by trained EFNEP 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.
Youth classes are available year round.
What does it cost? Where are lessons located?
The programs are free and informal and available at convenient locations and times. The instructors live in your county and deliver intensive, multi-session nutrition lessons.
Contact your local county extension office for more information.