Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to help children and families acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets. Michigan State University Extension delivers EFNEP in a group setting environment throughout 15 counties.

MSU Extension offers EFNEP in diverse languages. Contact your local MSU Extension office for more information,

Who is EFNEP for?

EFNEP is for limited-resource adults who are responsible for planning, shopping and preparing food for children in their household, individuals and families who are expecting a child or adults who care for children on a regular basis (grandparents).

Limited-resource adults eligible for EFNEP need to meet one of the following:

  1. Income at or below 185% of the current Poverty Guideline
  2. Enrolled in any of these public benefits program:
  • SNAP/Bridge Card
  • Child Nutrition (School Lunch Program)
  • Head Start
  • TANF/FIP (Temporary Aid to Needy Families/Family Independence Program)
  • WIC/CSP (Women, Children, Infant/Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
  • FDPIR (Food Distribution on Indian Reservations)

Where is EFNEP offered in Michigan?

EFNEP is offered in the following 15 Michigan counties:

  1. Berrien County
  2. Calhoun County
  3. Genesee County
  4. Ingham County
  5. Jackson County
  6. Kalamazoo County
  7. Kent County
  8. Macomb County
  9. Midland County
  10. Monroe County
  11. Muskegon County
  12. Oakland County
  13. Saginaw County
  14. Washtenaw County
  15. Wayne County

EFNEP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federally funded program, administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). EFNEP is a nutrition education program that currently operates throughout land-grant institutions in every state and in six U.S. territories. EFNEP was developed by the USDA in 1968 based on Federal legislation. EFNEP focuses on increasing nutrition and nutrition-related knowledge and skills for limited-resource children and families.

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