Children sitting at table and eating healthy food during break at school



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.

State Leadership

M. Catalina Aragon

Catalina Aragón, MS, CN

EFNEP State Leader
Assistant Professor

Ms. Aragon is the State Leader for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) in Washington and an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Extension, stationed in Pierce County. Catalina has been with WSU and worked in the Pierce County community since 2014.

Prior to joining EFNEP, Ms. Aragon led implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant in Washington. Her expertise and research interests includes program evaluation, survey design, curriculum development, and interventions targeting underserved populations. Outside of the office Catalina keeps busy cooking and hiking with her family and dog.