UGA Extension Office

EFNEP

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

What is EFNEP?

EFNEP is a federally funded program conducted through the Cooperative Extension Service in every state and U. S. territory.

For over 30 years, EFNEP has been helping families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
Faced with the challenges of paying rent, utilities, daycare, and other daily expenses, families experience the stress of trying to provide a variety of nutritious foods and maintain healthy diets on limited budgets. EFNEP provides a variety of tools and ideas to help families cut food costs and provide healthy meals and snacks for family members.

Families are eating healthier diets for less money than they spent on food before!

Adults enrolled in EFNEP learn how to:

• Plan low cost meals
• Prepare quick & healthy meals and snacks
• Shop for best food buys
• Keep foods safe to eat
• Eat right and light to control sugar, salt, fat, and calories

Improved diets of pregnant women can lower the risk of babies being born with birth defects or of low birth weight.

Pregnant women enrolled in EFNEP learn how to:

• Eat healthy for moms-to-be
• Properly feed infants and pre-school children
• Provide positive food experiences for children


For over 30 years, EFNEP has been making a difference in people's lives. Over 80% of EFNEP graduates are able to stretch their food dollars farther and make healthier food choices by the end of the program

The benefits of becoming involved in EFNEP.

• Receive free recipes and shopping tips
• Classes to fit any schedule
• Small group instruction
• Graduation certificate upon completion

If your organization is interested in a series of classes, free of charge, contact us at (478) 751-6338
 

 


EFNEP Program Assistants

Food Talk

Food Talk is an adult nutrition education curriculum developed at the University of Georgia by EFNEP staff. This evidence based curriculum won a national award at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2009, soon after it was launched.


Food Talk was designed to teach limited-resource adults with children how to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. Food Talk consists of eight lessons, each containing simple messages conveyed in an interactive manner, through activities and recipe demonstrations. The Health Belief Model is the theoretical foundation of the curriculum, which also incorporates the dialogue-based, adult learning theories of Dr. Joye Norris.

 


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Make Meals in Minutes

Chicken Divan

Makes 3 servings, 1 ½ cup each

You will need:

¾ cup water
1 teaspoon zesty salt-free seasoning
1 ½ cups frozen broccoli pieces
1 cup instant rice
2 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
¾ cup shredded yellow cheese made from 2% milk
6 -9 oz. canned chicken, drained

Steps:
1. In 10” non-stick skillet, heat water until it boils.
2. Add seasoning and broccoli.
3. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes or until water comes to a boil again.
4. Break up any large pieces of broccoli.
5. Add instant rice and stir well.
6. Cover and remove pan from heat and let stand 3 minutes.
7. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and yogurt and stir well.
8. Add mayonnaise mixture to rice and stir.
9. Add half of cheese and all of the drained chicken. Stir.
10. Top with remaining cheese.
11. Heat on medium for 2-3 minutes until mixture is hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.

My Plate

2-3 oz. protein, ½ cup vegetables, 1 oz. grains, ¾ cup dairy
 


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