EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) is a free nutrition education program for low-income adults with children and for youth in schools where a majority of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch. OSU Extension, Franklin County also offers EFNEP programs for non-English speaking families (currently available in Spanish and Somali). 

EFNEP staff use interactive discussions and hands-on activities to guide individuals through a series of workshops aimed at improving the family's overall diet and nutritional well-being. The adult program teaches participants how to make healthier food choices, manage their food resources, improve their food safety practices, and get physically active with their families. The youth program teaches children about nutrition, food preparation, food safety, and physical activity over the course of a six-week series, typically taught in schools, after-school programs/camps, and summer feeding sites.

To learn more about EFNEP or if you are interested in hosting a series, please contact Mariacarmen Lambea at lambea.1@osu.edu

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has been serving Franklin County since 1969.

EFNEP is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program operates through Extension offices at land-grant institutions in every state and in the six U.S. territories. You can learn more about EFNEP at fcs.osu.edu/programs/nutrition/efnep and nifa.usda.gov/program/expanded-food-and-nutrition-education-program-efnep