Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Penn State Extension have helped children, youth and families with young children attain healthy eating and lifestyle practices. The results are strong, nurturing families; healthy, thriving children; and positive youth development. EFNEP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
EFNEP Nutrition Education Programs cover topics from the importance of eating breakfast, to what foods are "good" foods and why, how to stretch food dollars, and how to cook with whatever food is on hand.
The programs provide lessons, displays, newsletters, handouts and other activities designed for a variety of audiences--parents and kids, pregnant teens, and immigrant populations. Nutrition Education Programs take into account variables such as age, culture, reading ability, physical or developmental limitations, and more.
Nutrition Education Programs classes are offered in a wide variety of community settings, including food shelves, WIC clinics, senior citizen centers, day care centers, shelters, migrant centers, summer camps, low income housing, and local grocery stores. We are willing to go to virtually any site accessible to people who want and need the information.
In many areas, Nutrition Education Programs also offer one-on-one, hands-on, coaching in people's homes, showing families how to plan and prepare meals on a limited budget.
Research and program observations have shown that families who learn how to control their diets and food budgets often begin taking control of all other aspects of their lives. For many families, participating in the Nutrition Education Programs will provide an important first step on the road to self-sufficiency.
Additional details on EFNEP and its impacts can be found at the EFNEP National website and Nutrition Links Annual Reports.