UGA Extension Office



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


Our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Program Assistant Alesia Mays presented at the annual EFNEP Conference in Athens GA. Congratulations Alesia!

Program Assistant with Display Board

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.


Program Assostamt Teaching a Nutrition Class
Gardem Fresh Pizza

Make Meals in Minutes

Garden Fresh Tortizza

Makes 4 servings, 1 pizza each

You will need:

  • 4 whole wheat 8” tortillas
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 1/3 cups diced yellow bell pepper
  • 40 slices turkey pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese

For the pizza sauce

  • 8 oz can tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat skillet to 375° and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Pour tomato sauce in bowl and add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add diced bell pepper to one corner of skillet and 10 pepperoni slices to another.
  4. Place tortilla in middle of skillet. Toast tortilla on skillet for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Flip tortilla over. Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce on pizza. Top tortilla with 1/2 cup of spinach, 1/3 cup diced bell pepper, and 10 pepperoni slices. Spread 1/4 cup cheese evenly over pizza.
  6. Place the lid on the skillet and allow cheese to melt (about 6-8 minutes).
  7. Remove pizza from skillet. Slice and serve.