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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) – Mission, Vision and Funding   arrow



To assist limited-resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed-behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

Public Value Statement

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Colorado teaches participants healthy food choices for their families, how to be physically active and how to stretch their food dollars. This leads to savings for the community on food assistance programs, lowered health care and public assistance costs, and a decrease in the burden on social healthcare resources like Medicaid. An increase in resilience and self-confidence among participants also leads to increased pride of community and stronger neighborhoods.


EFNEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The mission of NIFA is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations.

Colorado EFNEP is part of Colorado State University Extension. Extension offices are found in counties throughout each state, and are where programs such as EFNEP are brought to eligible participants.