The Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), established in 1968, is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. By providing grants to local communities, the program assists U.S. counties in developing programs to improve home and family life. EFNEP's purpose is to help economically and socially disadvantaged families improve their food practices and their diet. This may include advice on planning meals; selecting, purchasing, and preparing foods; and solving housekeeping problems (especially those involving storage and sanitation) that may interfere with proper food and nutrition management. EFNEP trains homemakers living in the community to be education and training facilitators, thereby advancing women and improving neighborhood networks.

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Owen, Anita Y.; Splett, Patricia L.; and Owen, George M. (1999). Nutrition in the Community: The Art of Delivering Services, 4th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Internet Resource

United States Department of Agriculture. "Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program." Available from <>