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The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) is an educational program conducted by University of Tennessee Extension, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. EFNEP is targeted to families and youth with limited income who have children, particularly families with young children. Learn more about the purpose of EFNEP.

Families who enroll in EFNEP receive a series of lessons, at no cost to them, on how to choose and prepare healthy foods. Education focuses on...

  • Selecting and preparing nutritious foods
  • Managing food resources wisely
  • Handling foods safely
  • Participating in regular physical activity

EFNEP has been conducted in Tennessee for over 40 years and is currently in 10 counties . Through the years, EFNEP has proven to be a program with significant impacts at a low cost to taxpayers. A cost-benefit analysis of EFNEP in Tennessee showed that for every dollar spent to implement the program, $2.48 is saved on food expenditures. This can reduce the need for emergency food assistance and save money for other necessities. Several cost-benefit studies have been conducted nationwide related to savings in future health care costs. More information on cost-benefit analyses and other impacts of EFNEP.

If you need more information about EFNEP, view or print Feel Better Today, Stay Healthy Tomorrow. Or, contact any of the following faculty:

Janie Burney, PhD, RD
Professor/State EFNEP Coordinator
(865) 974-7402

Judy Groce-Neel, BS
Area EFNEP Specialist (East Tennessee)
(865) 215-3561

Jackie King, MS
Area EFNEP Specialist (Central and West Tennessee)
(931) 648-5725

Rita Jackson, MS
Area EFNEP Specialist (West Tennessee)
(901) 752-1207