Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Washington State
Welcome to the website for EFNEP in Washington State. EFNEP is a diverse low-income nutrition education program that helps promote healthy eating, saving money on food, and food safety. EFNEP is targeted to serve families and is funded through the land-grant university Extension system.
Youth and Families
EFNEP is a part of the Extension Youth and Families Unit. This unit includes other programs such as 4-H, SNAP-Ed, and Consumer Food Safety.
In 2018, over 3,000 individuals, both youth and adults, were served by the Washington State EFNEP program through the work of 11 local paraprofessional educators. The Impact Report details the reach of EFNEP and health related improvements made by participants.
2018 Washington EFNEP Impact Report (pdf)
Interested in EFNEP for Your County?
Washington State EFNEP is active in four counties: Clark, Pierce, Spokane, and Yakima. EFNEP paraprofessional educators in Washington can deliver the 9-week educational program in English and other languages, availability determined by county. Navigate to each county page for additional information on EFNEP in your local area.
Since 1969, EFNEP has improved the diets and food-related behaviors of program participants. EFNEP uses a paraprofessional education model that promotes participants’ access to nutrition and food safety information through in-person, hands-on lessons. EFNEP is structured through a community model, where neighborhood organizations host a class after developing a relationship with an EFNEP paraprofessional and supervising staff.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is responsible for administering the EFNEP program. The National EFNEP Office provides guidance on program goals, curriculum requirements, evaluation and reporting requirements, and cost-benefit analysis.
EFNEP is focused on four core areas: diet quality and physical activity, food resource management, food safety, and food security. Families that participate in EFNEP should experience improvements in these core areas through the class program and relationship with an EFNEP paraprofessional. Washington State EFNEP employs the Eating Smart-Being Active curriculum for use in adult programming.