University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

University of Vermont Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) empowers Vermonters to lead healthier lives through hands-on nutrition education. Programs serve income eligible parents, caregivers and expecting mothers, as well as children and teens. The best part? It’s free.

Participants Learn by Doing:

Adult Programs

Parent and guardian programs are typically six sessions long and are held in a community or home setting. Classes involve a combination of group discussion and hands-on activities designed to inspire participants to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Parents and guardians learn:

  • Cooking skills
  • Recipes for healthy snacks
  • Budgeting and shopping tips
  • Tips for living a healthy, active lifestyle
  • How to:
    • Create meals for busy lives
    • Grow and store fresh food
    • Make favorite kids’ meals more nutritious
    • Keep food safe and avoid illness
Youth Programs

Children and teen programs work within community groups and schools to create fun, hands-on and age-appropriate nutrition education opportunities. Activities include tasting healthy foods and learning how to prepare meals.

Children and teens learn to:

  • Make healthy food choices
  • Understand the importance of food safety
  • Recognize what ingredients are in the foods they eat
  • Prepare basic meals and snacks in a fun setting
  • Appreciate the benefits of being active

Get Involved

Want to sign-up for a program? Have a question?

Contact your local EFNEP Nutrition Educator for more information about our services, eligibility and how to sign-up for a free program that best meet your needs.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's   Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) currently operates in all 50 states.

Last modified November 21 2014 01:31 PM