EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) is a free nutrition education program offered in several counties in Ohio for low-income adults with children and youth. Program assistants use interactive discussions and hands-on activities to guide participants through a series of meetings aimed at improving the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

The adult program teaches low-income adults with children how to make healthier food choices, manage their food resources, improve their food safety practices, and provides ideas on how to get active with their families.

The youth program teaches kids about nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity during a six-week, interactive program in classrooms, after-school programs/camps, and summer feeding sites.

EFNEP is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program operates through Extension offices at land-grant institutions in every state and in the six U.S. territories. In Ohio, EFNEP is administered by Ohio State University Extension.

Lucas County Program Assistants work collaboratively with non-profit agencies, schools, churches and community centers to bring programming directly to the clients they serve.  Rugena Modisett, (modisett.3@osu.edu) is the EFNEP Program Assistant for youth programming and Kelsey Johnson (johnson.6167@osu.edu) as the EFNEP Program Assistant for adult programming.  They would be happy to visit your organization to discuss how EFNEP programming can benefit those you serve. 

Learn more about EFNEP at http://fcs.osu.edu/nutrition/efnep and http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/food/efnep/about.html.