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Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program

Serving families since 1969

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) helps promote healthy eating and physical activity. EFNEP is designed to serve families with low incomes and is funded by USDA NIFA through the land-grant university Extension system.

The program is focused on four core areas:

  • Diet quality and physical activity
  • Food resource management
  • Food safety
  • Food security

Families that participate in EFNEP should experience improvements in these core areas through the program lessons and relationships with EFNEP peer-educators. Washington State EFNEP employs the Eating Smart-Being Active curriculum for use in adult programming.

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 2021, nearly 1,100 individuals, both youth and adults, were served by the Washington State University EFNEP program. Our Impact Reports detail the reach of EFNEP and health related improvements made by participants.

Interested in EFNEP for Your Area?

Washington State University EFNEP is active in three metro-areas: Vancouver (Clark County), Seattle-Tacoma (Pierce County), and Spokane. EFNEP peer-educators in Washington can deliver the 9-week educational program in English and other languages, availability determined by county. Visit your county page for additional information on EFNEP in your local area.

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