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Nutrition Facts

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Family preparing meal together

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP is a free program designed to assist limited-resource families to learn how to eat healthy meals on a budget, make better food choices, and increase physical activity, thereby improving nutritional well-being.

  • Sessions are one hour, once per week (does not have to be consecutive) for six to eight weeks and can be held at a community center, school, place of worship or in a home
  • Participants earn a certificate upon completing at least six sessions
  • Topics include stretching food dollars, food safety, reducing salt and sugar intake and making simple, healthy meals for a family, among other topics.

As a result of EFNEP education, graduates of the program

  • Improve their diets
  • Improve their nutritional practices
  • Stretch their food dollars farther
  • Handle food more safely
  • Increase their physical activity level

Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has successfully addressed critical societal concerns by employing paraprofessional staff and influencing nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children. Through a community-based, relationship-driven, hands-on educational approach, EFNEP has directly impacted economic, obesity, and food insecurity challenges that hinder the health and well being of this nation

The EFNEP program is funded by USDA through Cornell University.


Janie Greenwald
Nutrition Educator, Master Food Preserver
845-340-3990 ext. 326

Last updated April 6, 2020