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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Alabama EFNEP

For 50 years, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has been an integral part of Family and Consumer Science with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. EFNEP teaches limited-resource individuals how to improve their dietary practices and become more effective managers of available resources.

The adult component of EFNEP focuses on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families' nutrition. Once graduated from EFNEP, families have opportunities to participate in other Extension programs.

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The youth component of EFNEP focuses on nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from limited-resource families.

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Extension has the responsibility to provide additional educational experiences for the EFNEP audience. The use of EFNEP materials in other programs can contribute to interaction and serve as a bridge between Extension programs.

Four Distinguishing Features of EFNEP are:

  • A targeted audience of limited-resource families and youth

  • Nutrition education provided by EFNEP educators and/or volunteers

  • Intensive instruction for individuals and/or small groups

  • Innovative program delivery methods to expand clientele participation, increase retention of nutrition knowledge, and improve program effectiveness

state Jovita Lewis, EFNEP Coordinator Dr. Barb Struempler, Program Leader Nutrition Programs Stephanie Helms, Extension Specialist III





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