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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to help low-income audiences acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutrition well-being. It operates in nearly 800 counties throughout the 50 states and in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.

EFNEP targets two primary audiences: low-income youth and low-income families with young children. In Fiscal Year 2002, EFNEP reached more than 400,000 youth.

Youth EFNEP provides education at schools as an enrichment of the curriculum, in after-school care programs, through day camps, residential camps, community centers, neighborhood groups, home gardening workshops, and 4-H EFNEP clubs. In addition to lessons on nutrition, food preparation, and food safety, youth topics may include fitness, avoidance of substance abuse, and other health-related topics.


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