Nutrition, Personal Finance & Food Safety Education
University of California
Nutrition, Personal Finance & Food Safety Education

Nutrition Education (EFNEP)


EFNEP: Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program

Our mission is to assist low-income youth and families with young children to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary to choose nutritionally sound diets and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare.

Youth Nutrition Education

Youth gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to choose nutritionally sound diets and be physically active every day.

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Adult Nutrition Education


An interactive learning process where participants learn how to make food choices which can improve the nutritional quality of meals that they serve. They increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of their families. They gain new skills in food production, preparation, storage, safety and sanitation; as well as how to better manage their food budget and related resources from federal, state, and local food assistance agencies and organizations.

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Making a Difference for Low Income San Diego Residents

In FY2012-2013, San Diego County EFNEP enrolled 669 families with a total of 3,258 family members.

Program graduates (n=542) made healthy lifestyle changes:

  • 89% improved one or more nutrition practice
  • 82% improved in one or more food resource management practice
  • 64% improved in one or more food safety practice
  • After completing EFNEP, 34% reported they did not run out of food as often as they did before taking EFNEP nutrition education classes.


UC Nutrition Blog

  • Grow it: Gardening tips and resources

    Added July 12, 2019
    Home, school and community gardens improves family and community health and resiliency. (Photo: Jill Wellington, Pixabay)

    Gardening is fun…and it's an important activity. What we grow in school, home and community gardens can improve our health, and the health of our families and communities. What we grow can increase the resiliency of food systems in our...

  • Summer safety: Tips to avoid foodborne and heat illnesses

    Added July 12, 2019
    Check the internal temperature of meat cooked on the barbecue with a thermometer to make sure it has reached a safe temperature - 145 degrees for roasts, 160 degrees for ground meats. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    Happy summer! It's time to get the barbecue grilling and the pool party started. To keep your summer healthy and fun, UC ANR offers some important safety tips. Food safety Food poisoning is a serious health threat in the United States,...

  • Can you taste barley varieties in beer? UC ANR scientist wants to know.

    Added July 10, 2019
    UC Cooperative Extension advisor Konrad Mathesius is doing research to find out if the variety of barley used in beer-making affect the flavor of the brew.

    Different varieties of hops can be used to create an array of flavors and styles of beer. Does the variety of barley used in beer-making affect the flavor of the brew? This is a question UC Cooperative Extension advisor Konrad Mathesius hopes beer...

  • With access to native foods, Native American families less likely to face food insecurity

    Added June 18, 2019
    Nearly all of the Native Americans surveyed in the region said they want more native foods such as salmon. Photo courtesy of Klamath Tribes Food Security

    Native Americans suffer from the highest rates of food insecurity, poverty and diet-related disease in the United States. A new study finds that Native American communities could improve their food security with a greater ability to hunt, fish,...

  • California takes the lead on hybrid sunflower seed production

    Added June 11, 2019
    Rachael Long takes notes on sunflower seed production.

    Enjoying a tasty sunflower seed snack? Cooking with sunflower oil? Thank a California sunflower seed grower for producing the hybrid seed that's used for planting sunflower crops throughout the United States and the world, for confectionery and oil...

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