UGA Extension Office


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Platters of food on a table with people serving themselvesWhat 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.

Unless children are adequately nourished, they cannot learn.

EFNEP teaches fun food experiences for children through:

  • Preschool day care center programs
  • School-based classes
  • After-school community classes
  • Summer workshops and daycamps

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

To become involved with EFNEP contact us at (229) 436-7216.