UGA Cooperative Extension: Columbus Cooperative Extension

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Mission Statement

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, EFNEP, is federally funded and conducted through the Cooperative Extension Services Office in every state and U.S. territory.

For over 40 years, the EFNEP has been helping families learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars, and reduce the rise of food-borne illness.

Fun food experiences, that teach children healthy food choices, are conducted with pre-school, Pre-K and school age youth through pre-school day care center programs, school-based classes, after-school community classes and summer workshops.

Faced with the challenges of paying rent, utilities, day care, and other daily expense, families experience the stress of trying to provide a variety of nutritious foods and maintain healthy diets on limited budgets. The EFNEP provides a variety of tools and ideas to help families cut food costs and provide healthy meals and snacks for family members.

Benefits of EFNEP:

Learn How To:

• Receive free recipes and shopping tips • Plan low cost nutritious meals
• Classes to fit any schedule • Prepare quick and healthy meals and snacks
• Personalized in-home demonstrations • Shop for the best food buys
• Individualized or small group instruction • Keep foods safe to eat
• Graduation certificate upon completion • Eat right and light to control sugar, salt, fat and calories

Pregnant women enrolled in EFNEP learn how to:

Improved diets of pregnant women can lower the risk of babies being born with birth defects or of low birth weight. In fact, the average weight gain for pregnant women in EFNEP, specifically for pregnant teens, falls well within the recommended weight gain range for pregnancy and the average birth weight of babies is 1-1 1/2 pounds above low birth weight. Participate in EFNEP and learn the following:
• Eating healthy for moms-to-be
• Properly feeding infants and pre-school children
• Providing positive food experiences for children

How EFNEP is Making a Difference:

Recent studies have found that for every $1 spent on EFNEP, $10.64 will be saved on future health care costs because of:
• Fewer low-birth weight babies due to better nutrition in pregnant women and teens
• More mothers breast-feeding
• Healthier diets which reduce the risk of chronic disease, and
• Improved food storage and preparation practices, so less food borne illness


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