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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a United States Department of Agriculture funded program that successfully addresses critical societal concerns by employing paraprofessional staff and influencing nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children.

The EFNEP paraprofessional staff, called Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs), deliver a series of hands-on, interactive lessons to low-income families. Lessons are evidence-based and tailored to the needs of the audience. This education helps families develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active.

In Minnesota, EFNEP is administered through the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development.

How Does EFNEP Work at the University of Minnesota?

University of Minnesota’s EFNEP team partners with community agencies to deliver EFNEP curriculum through practical direct education lessons. Engaging programs are provided either one-to-one or to groups.

CNEs teach in a variety of settings, such as food shelves, schools, income-based housing complexes, and community centers. Classes are taught in a variety of languages throughout Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, and Dakota counties.

Annual data confirms that graduates from EFNEP programs:

Get More Information About Our EFNEP Program

Partner with us to offer education to your agency’s participants: Contact EFNEP.

Download the brochure: EFNEP Brochure (PDF).

Read EFNEP Extension Educator Cassie Silveira’s blog about the differences between EFNEP and SNAP-Ed: Just What is EFNEP?

Get more information by contacting an EFNEP staff near you: EFNEP Directory.


United States Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

Related resources

Get nutrition assistance — Find resources to help meet your and your families' food needs. English | español

Investments in EFNEP Pay Big Dividends, Now and in the FutureU.S. Department of Agriculture — This March 31, 2016 blog post demonstrates how EFNEP "benefits the greater society."

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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