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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Expanded Food and Nutrtion Education Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program or EFNEP has been improving the health and well-being of limited resource families in North Carolina since 1969. But, the program was only recently launched in New Hanover County in November 2011.

 EFNEP is a federal nutrition education program for limited resource families, youth, and pregnant/parenting teens. Program Assistants work through Cooperative Extension to provide classes in the areas of health, nutrition, food safety, food preparation and physical activity – based on the Dietary Guidelines established by the US Department of Agriculture.

             Stir frying vegetables   Measuring ranch dressing for EFNEP tuna burgers   Draining canned fruit in colander    Stirring a pot of EFNEP easy lasagna

EFNEP is a unique program in that it offers participants a minimum of 9 hands-on classroom lessons and supplies participants with skill building tools to apply their acquired knowledge at home with their own families.

New Hanover County EFNEP Graduates
Adult Youth
35 158

EFNEP’s targeted 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 provide non-custodial care for children on a regular basis (grandparent or non-custodial parent) as long as these individuals meet the income guidelines and are responsible for the planning, shopping, and preparing of food for the children in their care. EFNEP also serves limited resource, school-age children (5-19 years of age).

For fun nutrition-themed online activities, visit the new NC EFNEP website


NC EFNEP New Hanover County

*Now recruiting participant groups*

For information regarding EFNEP class or volunteer opportunities, please contact

Kristin T. Holloman, Program Assistant
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
New Hanover County Cooperative Extension
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 798-7668

A sampling of topics addressed in EFNEP lessons are available here as EFNEP Tips.

  The assurance that all eligible persons shall bear equal access to the benefits of the program and facilities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability is an important objective of Cooperative Extension. In addition, N.C. Cooperative Extension welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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