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efneplogoWhat is EFNEP?

EFNEP is the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Colorado teaches participants healthy food choices for their families, how to be physically active and how to stretch their food dollars.

EFNEP currently operates in all 50 states and in American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In Colorado, EFNEP is administered by Colorado State University Extension, in the Food Science and Human Nutrition

Who is eligible for EFNEP?

Individuals who are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC, or Head Start, are also eligible for EFNEP.

What does EFNEP provide?

  • An 8 lesson, interactive, research-based nutrition curriculum for adults or a multi-lesson hands-on curriculum for youth
  • Adaptable material to meet each participant’s needs
  • Lessons delivered in small groups or one-on-one sessions

Adult participants receive…

  • Water bottle
  • Grocery shopping list
  • Produce brush
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Stretch band and physical activity booklet
  • Food thermometer
  • Cookbook
  • Graduation certificate

Participants learn how to…

  • Read food labels
  • Save money on groceries
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Be more active

Optional lessons are available addressing nutrition during pregnancy, feeding a new baby, introducing solid foods, and feeding young children.

What participants had to say…

I look at nutrition labels for fat and sugars. I try to eat more vegetables by adding them to my meals and I eat smaller portions rather than eating till I’m full.

Program participant

My success has been great! I’ve started to eat healthier and I don’t eat out as much. I’ve also started cooking which is a huge change for me, but I am trying!

Program participant

I personally like the classes because I learned some easy and nutritious recipes, as well as how to properly use the thermometer.

Program participant