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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Family and Consumer Sciences' Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 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. EFNEP serves 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 community-based workshops aimed at improving diet quality, food safety and physical activity. Adult participants also gain skills in food preparation and managing their food budgets. The program is free and offered in 15 Ohio counties.

Using a research-based, interactive approach, peer educators from the communities they support reach over 25,000 limited-resource families and youth each year. More than 80 percent of EFNEP families report living at or below 100 percent of poverty. Positive impacts of EFNEP include family engagement, saving money, increasing intake of fruit and vegetable consumption and an increase of physical activity.

Contact Ohio EFNEP
Click one of the following county names for local contact information: Clark, ColumbianaCuyahoga, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Jackson, Lawrence, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Montgomery, Portage, Stark and Summit.

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