Since 1969, EFNEP has improved the diets and food-related behaviors of thousands 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.