Stretching Your Food Dollars
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
EFNP is a federally funded nutrition education program conducted through the Cooperative Extension Service in every state and U.S. territory. This program began in 1969. For over 30 years University of Idaho Extension has effectively conducted food and nutrition education through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The program targets limited-income families with young children. Education needs escalated throughout the state, but funding levels enabled only two areas in Idaho to provide EFNEP for limited-income families. Since other communities and populations had similar needs, additional program and funding partnerships through the Food Stamp programs were sought. The (ENP) is modeled after the EFNEP program, but serves geographic areas and clientele not reached through EFNEP.
Eat Smart Idaho
ENP is a University of Idaho Cooperative Extension education program that is designed to help limited resource adults learn how to stretch their food dollars to provide tasty, low-cost, healthy meals for their families. Research has found that when families take charge of their diets and food budgets they frequently begin taking control over other areas of their lives. ENP teaches nutrition and consumer related skills that lead to individual change. Therefore, ENP helps families in Idaho move toward increased self-sufficiency. It is helpful for those who are transitioning from welfare to work.
Program funding is provided by USDA-CSREES Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.