Welcome to Rhode Island Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program!

Girl fruit saladThe Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at the University of Rhode Island has provided free nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and families in the state since 1968. Families with children, and youth ages 5-18, are the primary audience.

Participants in the EFNEP program receive nutrition-related knowledge and skills to help better manage resources, secure adequate nutrition, and enjoy better health. Children in the school setting receive activity-based learning experiences to positively influence both their own and their family’s food choices.

The benefits of good nutrition throughout the lifecycle are well documented. A balanced diet that supplies key nutrients at recommended levels promotes normal growth and development, facilitates academic and physical performance, and helps to prevent chronic disease, thus reducing healthcare costs.

EFNEP is delivered as a series of six or more lessons by trained nutrition educators well versed in the community they serve. We collect pre- and post-data in order to evaluate the effectiveness of our program.

Curriculum topics are as follows:

Adult Curriculum Topics
  • Knife Skills
  • My Plate Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Budget Friendly Meal Planning
  • Choosing Healthy Snacks and Beverages
  • Feeding Families
  • Food Safety

Youth Curriculum Topics

  • My Plate for Kids
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Importance of Breakfast
  • Healthy Snacks and Drinks
  • Food Safety & Handwashing
  • Physical Activity

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For more information or to schedule a program for your agency or school, please contact EFNEP Director Katie Mulligan, MS RD at 401-277-5274 or kmulligan@uri.edu.



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