University of Maryland Extension

EFNEP for Families

EFNEP for Families Uses Hands-on, Learn-by-doing Approach

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) focuses on diet quality, nutrition, cost savings, and food safety.  EFNEP educators teach program participants new knowledge and skills, including how to:  

  • Choose nutritious snacks/beverages for children
  • Plan and prepare healthy meals
  • Handle and store foods safely
  • Prepare new foods and recipes
  • Compare prices and save on their food bill
  • Become physically active
  • Lose weight sensibly

Program participants attend a series of 10-12 lessons, often over several weeks. The classes are taught in small groups or individually and are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. For example, the workshops are delivered in Montgomery, Prince George's counties and Baltimore City to Hispanic families in Spanish and English.

EFNEP classes are offered in nine Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore in collaboration or partnership with schools, community centers, clinics, health and wellness centers, non-profit and faith-based organizations, local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and WIC programs, Head Start programs, and 4-H Youth programs. The program is provided at no cost to participants. 

For more information, contact Dr. Mira Mehta mmehta@umd.edu or Ms. Norma Sanchez, nsanche2@umd.edu

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