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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Resources at NAL

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 and is present in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia. University-based professionals supervise and train community-based paraprofessionals to deliver audience-tailored, evidence-based interactive lessons to program participants about diet quality and physical activity, food resource management, food safety, and food security. (NIFA)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of EFNEP, NAL has compiled this list of resources in its holdings about the program. AGRICOLA, PubAg, NAL Digital Collections, Internet Archive, USDA Current Research Information System, and NAL Special Collections were searched in January 2019 and the results from each are detailed below.

NALDC are collections of digitized, full-text historical document

  • The Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection contains 10 articles that mention EFNEP in 8 issues of Food and Nutrition magazine/newsletter from 1970-1992.
    • Search using the acronym “EFNEP.”

Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

  • It contains 23 items published by or for USDA between 1969-1999 about EFNEP evaluation, outreach, and paraprofessional training.
    • Search using “Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.”

CRIS is an agricultural sciences database of current or recent publicly funded research projects.

  • It contains 6 projects about EFNEP research, evaluation, and outreach at 5 universities (Rutgers, Wyoming, Florida, Virginia Tech, and Alaska) from 2006-2023. 
    • Search using the keyword “Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.” 

USDA, National Agricultural Library Special Collections

EFNEP is a Federal Extension (community outreach) program that currently operates through the 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) in every state, the District of Columbia, and the six U.S. territories – American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. This chart contains hyperlinks to states' and territories' program descriptions and contact information.