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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) focuses on helping families and youth improve behaviors in the following areas: Dietary Intake as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate, Food Resource Management skills and practices, Nutrition Practices and Food Safety practices. Participants increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of their families and gain new skills in food preparation, food storage, and food safety, and learn to better manage their food budgets.

EFNEP's mission is to improve the health of limited resource youth and families with young children through hands on lessons focusing on basic nutrition and healthy lifestyles, resource management and food safety.

EFNEP's target audience is limited resource families with young children (under the age of 19) living in the household and who are eligible for public assistance. EFNEP serves individuals and families who are expecting a child (pregnant) or who meet income guidelines and are responsible for the planning, shopping, and preparing food for the children in their care. EFNEP also serves limited resource, school-age children.

The primary audiences for EFNEP are limited resource:

  • Pregnant women
  • Families with young children (under the age of 19) living in either rural or urban areas who are responsible for the planning, purchasing and preparing of the family's food
  • Pregnant and Parenting Teens
  • School-age youth (5 - 19 years of age)

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease, health complications, food borne illness and increase food security among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligible residents by providing practical hands on programming focusing on healthful food choices, balancing food and physical activity, keeping food safe to eat, and food shopping on a budget.

FNP at the SDSU Extension Service is the South Dakota component of the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). It is a partnership between USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, South Dakota Department of Social Services, SDSU Extension Service, and local County Extension Offices.

The Family Nutrition Program target audience varies from county to county based on priority needs and identified community resources.

The primary audiences for FNP are limited resource:

  • Families and children
  • Teen parents
  • School-age youth (5-19 years of age)
  • Head Start children and parents
  • Senior Citizens
  • Anyone else who receives or is eligible for SNAP benefits

FNP programming occurs at Head Start Program sites, food pantries, grocery stores, commodity food sites, social service agencies, housing authorities, homeless shelters, churches, senior citizen centers, Extension offices and schools.

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