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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a national nutrition education program funded by USDA-NIFA and administered by 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities through Cooperative Extension. It began in 1969 under the direction of Nancy B. Leidenfrost and is now active in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia. University professionals supervise and train locally-based paraprofessionals to deliver audience-tailored, evidence-based interactive lessons to program participants about four main topics: diet quality and physical activity; food resource management; food safety; and food security. The program has a strong history of evaluation and reporting, and reaches over a half-million low-income families and youth each year, with over 80% living at or below the poverty line and 70% self-identifying as belonging to a minority group (source: NIFA).