Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a flagship nutrition education program funded by USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.
Since 1969, EFNEP has worked in local Texas communities providing food and nutrition education to vulnerable limited resource families and youth. Today the program is located in eleven counties: Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Kleberg, Nueces, Tarrant, Travis, and Willacy.
Trained EFNEP educators facilitate group learning sessions in partnership with community agencies, including inner-city schools, churches, homes and neighborhood facilities. Lesson topics address basic nutrition, shopping on a budget, simple food preparation, food safety and the need to increase physical activity using hands-on activities with practical, easy-to-understand research based materials provided in both English and Spanish.
Following completion of the EFNEP lesson series, program graduates reflect significant, lasting improvement in their eating behaviors and more healthy lifestyle choices.