EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) is a free nutrition education program offered in several counties in Ohio for low-income adults with children and youth. Program assistants use interactive discussions and hands-on activities to guide participants through a series of meetings aimed at improving the total family diet and nutritional well-being.
The adult program teaches low-income adults with children how to make healthier food choices, manage their food resources, improve their food safety practices, and provides ideas on how to get active with their families.
The youth program teaches kids about nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity during a six-week, interactive program in classrooms, after-school programs/camps, and summer feeding sites.
EFNEP is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program operates through Extension offices at land-grant institutions in every state and in the six U.S. territories. In Ohio, EFNEP is administered by Ohio State University Extension.
Learn more about EFNEP at https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/nutrition/efnep and https://nifa.usda.gov/program/expanded-food-and-nutrition-education-program-efnep.
Summit County EFNEP has three program assistants who offer their programs to non-profit agencies, schools, churches, and community correction facilities, among others. Lynette Brown and Nicolette Decatur are the EFNEP program assistants for adult programming and Ashely Stitzel is the EFNEP program assistant for youth programming. They would be happy to visit area organizations to present their respective curricula and discuss how EFNEP may benefit those you serve. To contact the EFNEP program, please visit our staff page.