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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) assists limited-resource families gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to choose nutritionally sound diets and improve their well-being. 

Federally Funded in 50 states

EFNEP is a federally-funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) that offers nutrition education to limited-resource families and children in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

In 24 Counties in California

In California, EFNEP is administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension in 24 of California's 58 counties. 

Healthy Communities blog
  • Students graduate from nutrition classes offered by EFNEP in partnership with Project Access in Orange County.
    Federal nutrition programs respond to COVID-19

    In the spring of 2020, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC (CFHL UC) Program faced the unprecedented experience of shelter-in-place and school closures due...

  • Hands-on learning about cooking at home
    UC and community partners provided virtual hands-on cooking demonstrations

    The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Tulare County conducted virtual nutrition education and cooking demonstration classes last fall, empowering families to support their health with knowledge and skills to...

  • Families that prepare meals at home eat a healthier diet.
    Creating family home cooking memories with love and gratitude

    Growing up in a traditional Asian Indian household, home cooking was a part of the daily routine and a cultural practice. At the time, acquiring cooking knowledge and skills was an expectation and considered normal. When I moved to the United States, I...