Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)


Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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CCE Ulster's EFNEP Program offers nutrition education classes for families and youth through in-person, online or hybrid workshops. Do you have an hour a week to learn new ideas to stretch your grocery dollars and make healthier choices for your family? EFNEP could work for you! Let’s talk about low-cost quick and healthy meals, and how to keep your family healthy and active.

Day and evening classes are available on a rolling schedule beginning this fall. Classes will be taught one-on-one or in groups by Mary Brimmer, Nutrition Educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. Mary comes with her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Albany and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Skidmore College. She has a background in working with youth and families to support their health and well-being through goal setting, personal decision-making, fostering community connections and improving food access.

EFNEP meets participants where they are in their relationship with healthy eating, food preparation and physical activity, offering a space for conversation and collaborative learning. The program offers a series of interactive lessons to resource-limited families and youth free of charge and aims to help participants make small, sustainable changes for long-term success.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) utilizes evidence-based resources and has been proven to help families with limited income make healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices. Topics include stretching food dollars, food safety, reducing salt and sugar intake, and making simple, healthy meals for the family. New recipes and ways to incorporate physical fitness into daily routines are included in every class.

Participants who graduate from the program receive a Certificate of Completion, an EFNEP Cookbook with delicious and affordable recipes along with kitchen tools to support healthy eating.

Agencies and community programs can refer participants, too. Click here for our online referral form.

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More About the Program:

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, in a home or online
  • 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 further
  • 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.


Mary Brimmer
EFNEP Nutrition Educator
845-340-3990 ext. 326

Last updated August 26, 2022