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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland EFNEP has created a new section that offers many practical resources that can help us assist our communities (EFNEP partners and program participants) find reliable, science-based information relating to how to plan, purchase, wash, sanitize, store and eat food safely. There are also numerous resources for finding food assistance, simple ways to manage resources and avoid food waste, and practical tips for staying  healthy, exercising while social distancing and supporting our children (and families) during these stressful and unprecedented times. 

Click here to learn more!

 

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) wants you to know that we are here for you and our entire team is available to support nutrition education through a variety of virtual methods as well as in-person (when this is possible to do so in a safe and responsible way) in accordance with guidance offered by the State of Maryland, University of Maryland, Maryland Cooperative Extension and our County partners. Please do reach out to us to discuss and offer online nutrition classes now, and face to face classes in the future.

 

Our EFNEP team wants you to know that we are in this together.  Here's a message from us:

El equipo de EFNEP le quiere dejar saber que estamos en esta situación juntos. Aquí un mensaje de parte de nosotros:

Welcome to the Maryland Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) brings together federal, state, and local resources to teach limited-income families and youth about healthy eating and physical activity.  Diet and exercise are critical components of health and well-being, particularly for children.  University of Maryland Extension (UME) has programs and resources designed to provide individuals and households with sound, research-based nutrition education.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Maryland’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, and the University of Maryland Extension (UME) focuses on diet quality, nutrition, food savings, and food safety.  EFNEP helps limited-income families and youth acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to promote healthy and wellness, and reduce chronic disease risk.

  • EFNEP for Families reaches families with income at or below the poverty threshold, or families that qualify for federal food assistance programs when these families have school-age children or younger children living in the house.  Pregnancy and/or breastfeeding mothers and pregnant teens who qualify for WIC and parents with children under 5 years of age participating in Head Start centers also qualify for EFNEP.

  • EFNEP for Youth provides education to youth from 6-12 years old (K-12) at schools as an enrichment of the curriculum, in after-school care programs, through 4-H EFNEP clubs, day camps, community centers, neighborhood groups, and gardening and cooking workshops.       

Maryland EFNEP has an initiative known as “EFNEP Champions” to recognize and reward volunteers who contribute significantly to the program. Champions include program participants, community partners and student volunteers. EFNEP Champions add expertise, capacity, value to EFNEP programs in numerous ways including assistance with recruitment and retention, ensuring space, providing material resources, supporting web design and maintaining our social media presence.

Listen to the stories shared by some of our Champions!

For more information on EFNEP:

Dr. Mira Mehta, mmehta@umd.edu or Dr. Kavitha Sankavaram, kavitha@umd.edu or  Ms. Mary Libcke, mlibcke@umd.edu

EFNEP/U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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Last updated 8/11/20                      

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