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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

NIFA's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) assisted 405,533 youth and 163,032 adults in a recent year in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets. EFNEP also contributed to their personal development and improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

Programs are delivered by county extension home economists who provide on-the-job training and supervise the paraprofessionals and volunteers who teach EFNEP. Paraprofessionals usually live in the communities where they work. They recruit families and receive referrals from neighborhood contacts and community agencies (for example, Food Stamps and WIC).

Program delivery methods may include direct teaching in group or in one-on-one situations; mailings and telephone teaching to complement other teaching methods; mass media efforts to develop understanding, awareness, and involvement in the educational program; and development and training of volunteers to assist with direct teaching of adults and youth.


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