EFNEP - Making a Difference

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

The Family and Consumer Sciences' Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (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. 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, and nearly 70 percent indicate being of minority status. This is important because poor heatlh disproportionally affects minority and limited-resource audiences.

Ohio EFNEP County map. 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.

15 EFNEP Ohio Counties

Ohio EFNEP partners with a variety of organizations and agencies within the community including:

  • County Governments
  • County School Boards
  • Columbus Public Health Department
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • WIC
  • Head Start
  • Local Faith-based Organizations
  • After-school and Day Care Centers
  • Housing Authorities
  • Migrant Centers
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Food Banks and Pantries
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Recreation and Community Centers
  • Local Libraries