Information about EFNEP

Mission Statement

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

Since 1969, EFNEP has been teaching youth and families ways to:

  • Make healthy food choices at the grocery store and while eating on the go
  • Plan and prepare easy, delicious, and healthy meals and snacks
  • Understand safe food handling practices, preparation, and proper storage
  • Cut food costs and strengthen food buying abilities
  • Build skills to manage food resources throughout the month
  • Access other community resources to help them with nutritional needs

Unique Features of EFNEP

  • Engaging, interactive nutrition lessons lasting 30-60 minutes that are taught by trained nutrition educators from the LSU AgCenter
  • Flexible scheduling to meet the needs of clientele
  • Intensive instruction for small or large groups
  • Cooking demonstrations and tastings included with nutritions lessons

Who Can Participate in EFNEP?

  • Parents with young children living in the household under 19 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Adult caregivers (grandparents and guardians) who have primary care of children

Benefits of EFNEP

  • Every dollar invested in nutrition education results in nearly $11 in future health care savings
  • More mothers breastfeeding their babies
  • More people consuming diets that are healthy that reduce the risk of chronic diseases
  • Improved food safety practices including food storage and preparation skills for participants
  • Increased ability to manage food budgets and access food-related resources such as SNAP, WIC, and other benefits



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