Program Contact: Karen Barale, WA State EFNEP Coordinator, County SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
(253) 798-3262 •

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WSU Pierce County Extension provides accessible and reliable research-based nutrition, food safety and preservation information to help people help themselves. We value diversity and strive to build on the assets of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.

It’s Farmers Market Season!  Learn where to shop for fresh, local foods in Pierce County and how to save money at the same time!


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a unique program that helps promote healthy eating and money saving food options.

2013 Washington State EFNEP Impact Report: WA State EFNEP Impact Report

For more information about EFNEP in Pierce County, check out the webpage or contact Catalina Aragón at or (253) 798-3252.



This is a unique family curriculum focused on media literacy and nutrition! Youth ages 9-14 and their parent or guardians will learn about marketing principles and advertising tricks. Check out the page for current details of the program in Pierce County.



WSU Pierce County Extension provides school-based nutrition education programs designed to provide limited income families with the knowledge and skills to include healthy foods and activities into everyday life. SNAP-Ed teaches youth in low income schools, and adults in community based settings, to identify healthy patterns of eating and physical activity through interactive activities and teaching simple food preparation skills.

Visit the SNAP-Ed family website, Grow Happy Kids which is dedicated to:

  1. Sharing ideas to connect kids to naturally delicious foods.
  2. Providing tasty low cost recipes any parent can fix and be proud to serve.
  3. Creating a support-place to link to others and local community resources.

Feed their heads. Fuel their bodies. Fill their hearts.

Food $ense is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, 1-877-501-2233.

For more information about Food $ense contact Linda Mathews (253) 798-7154 or

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Linda Mathews Food $ense Program Coordinator, at or (253) 798-7154 at least two weeks prior to the event.


Pierce County has the following nutrition programs.
Click on the program below to learn more:



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