Expanded Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)
EFNEP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and operates through Extension programs at land grant institutions in every state and in the six U.S. territories. In Ohio, EFNEP is administered by Ohio State University Extension. This program is intended for limited resource adults who care for children in their homes as well as limited-income youth. The program utilizes interactive discussions and activities to guide participants through a series of meetings aimed at improving the total family diet and nutritional well-being.
EFNEP is a free program offered in 18 counties in Ohio (see map below) and has two components - a youth program and an adult program. The adult program serves adults with children in the household. They learn how to make healthier, safer, and lower-cost food choices for themselves and their families. They boost their ability to choose and buy food that is healthier for their families. They gain new skills in food preparation, storage, and safety. They learn how to better manage their food budgets, and how to increase their physical activity levels.
The youth program is administered to children in Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Summit Counties. The children learn about nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity.
Highlights of Ohio EFNEP during its 2011 fiscal year is available a PDF format document. This document is a brief, two-page summary of the numbers of participants reached and their improvements in nutrition, food safety, budgeting/meal planning, and physical activity, along with a few stories from participants.
More detail on the reach and impacts of Ohio EFNEP, may be found here. This multi-page PDF document shows in chart form the demographic information of Ohio's EFNEP participants, along with the percentage who improved their responses to individual questions.
How Are Programs Delivered?
The adult program is a series of 6 to 8 group meetings headed by an EFNEP Program Assistant over the course of 1 or 2 months in the county where the participants live. The meetings take place at various locations throughout the counties.
The youth program is administered through youth organizations, after school programs, and many other places and events where children gather. Youth receive a series of 4 to 8 lessons over one to four weeks.