Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
The Expanded and Nutrition Education Program is a Cooperative Extension Service program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA's My Pyramid provides effective, research supported, nutrition education information based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Osceola County's Expanded and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a team effort between the USDA, University of Florida Extension Services and Osceola's County Commissioners. The goal of the program is to help families and children (5-18) have a healthier diet. Our educational program is offer to Osceola County schools with 51% or more of students receiving free or reduced school lunches and to children and youth attending after school programs. Nutrition information is sent to parents for their awareness and education. EFNEP Educators teach students lessons about food groups, the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, the importance of milk and water, smart snacking, food safety, and physical activity according to their grade level.
Choose My Plate for Kids
My Plate for Kids contain materials specifically designed for kids between the ages of 5-11 years old. In addition, it contains classroom materials for professionals by USDA Team Nutrition. More..
Teachers and Educators
Children need to eat properly to perform well in school.
A well-nourished child has greater potential for academic success than a poorly nourished student.
Studies prove that adequately nourished children:
- Are more alert with longer attention spans
- Are more socially interactive
- Explore and learn from their surroundings
- Are less likely to get sick, which means fewer absences from school
- Have less chance of becoming iron-deficient, which can cause tiredness
- Have a greater ability to concentrate, leading to a richer educational experience
- Poor eating habits in childhood can lead to disease later in life, including heart disease and osteoporosis (calcium deficiency)
EFNEP teaches nutrition and food resource management to low-income families and children/youth.
EFNEP teach schoolchildren about choosing healthier foods, preparing and tasting simple snacks, and being a smart shopper by reading food labels.
You can help your child by :
- Letting children select from a variety of healthful foods and making sure they have plenty of exercise. Both are important to promote healthy weights in children.
- Offering a variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably fresh.
- Serving whole grain foods every day, such as whole wheat bread, crackers, brown rice, tortillas, or ready to eat whole grain breakfast.
- Giving young children at least 2 servings of dairy products, e.g. 1 cup of milk, yogurt, cheese. Offer milk at every meal.
- Providing meals and snacks at regular times.
- Eating with children and modeling healthy eating habits.
Penn State University
FNP & EFNEP Program
EFNEP Program Assistant
EFNEP Program Assistant