EFNEP Provides Nutrition Education to Low-Income Families
NIFA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides nutrition education to low-income families, especially those with young children. EFNEP educators are members of the communities they serve, trained and supervised by university and county-based professionals. Using hands-on methods, they teach participants how to eat healthy, be more physically active, stretch their food dollars, handle food safely, and be more food secure. The program operates in all 50 states, in more than 800 counties, reaching approximately 500,000 people each year; about 74 percent of adult participants are from minority populations. In 2015, EFNEP provided $67.9 million to 75 land-grant universities that worked directly with 119,351 adults and 377,702 children. Through EFNEP, 95 percent of adults improved their diet, for example, by consuming an additional ½ cup of fruits.
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