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EFNEP, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, offers free (income guidelines apply) nutrition classes to help families and youth cook healthy meals at home, be more active, save money on food costs, and handle food safely. In partnership with the Eat Smart Move More NC initiative, EFNEP Educators help families and youth adopt positive health behaviors to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. EFNEP is a program of Cooperative Extension through NC State University and NC A&T State University.

Program Impacts

EFNEP annual report

Audience

EFNEP’s targeted audience is limited resource families with young children (under the age of 19) living in the household and who are eligible for public assistance. EFNEP serves individuals and families who are expecting a child (pregnant) or who provide non-custodial care for children on a regular basis (grandparent or non-custodial parent) as long as these individuals meet the income guidelines and are responsible for the planning, shopping, and preparing food for the children in their care. EFNEP also serves limited resource, school-age children.

The primary audiences for EFNEP are limited resource:

  • Pregnant women
  • Families with young children (under the age of 19) living in either rural or urban areas who are responsible for the planning, purchasing and preparing of the family’s food
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teens
  • School-age youth (5 – 19 years of age)

The assurance that all eligible persons shall bear equal access to the benefits of the program and facilities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability is an important objective of Cooperative Extension. In addition, N.C. Cooperative Extension welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

Research

Research studies listed have been compiled by the Cooperative State, Research, Education and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture.