Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Supporting Texas Families with Greatest Need Since 1969
EFNEP helps young families and youth with limited resource – those most at risk to suffer from hunger, food insecurity and the inability to connect with available support systems. EFNEP offers practical lessons in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management and food safety in settings convenient for the participants. EFNEP graduates reflect significant, lasting improvement in eating behaviors and healthy food habits. Texas has a need for EFNEP – 2010 data show that 20.6% of Texas families with children under the age of 18 were living below poverty level, compared to 17.9% of U. S. families.
EFNEP, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, provides food and nutrition education for limited-resource families with young children through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, with funding from USDA. In 2012, EFNEP programs assisted Texans in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Nueces, Tarrant and Travis Counties. EFNEP nutrition assistants help low-income families and youth acquire the knowledge, skills, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Tarrant EFNEP nutrition assistants teach in homes, schools, churches and community agencies.