University of Illinois Extension
Urban Programs Resource Network

EFNEP in Chicago

EFNEP helps families take full advantage of the resources they have.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides information for limited-resource and high-risk audiences to address critical issues, including hunger, infant mortality, prenatal nutrition, and obesity. Two professional nutritionists and 20 program assistants are employed to deliver the program to those most at risk. EFNEP works cooperatively to offer the program at food pantries, commodity food distribution sites, shelters for the homeless and battered, churches, WIC sites, Head Start programs, child/parent centers, boys' and girls' clubs, the Chicago Housing Authority, public schools, park district, DCFS and the Illinois Department of Human Services, and other community organizations.

EFNEP helps families take full advantage of the resources they have by conducting hands on presentations in general nutrition, food safety, shopping on a budget, and wellness. For example, at distribution sites for USDA commodity foods, many needy people were turning down free food because they were unsure how to prepare it. EFNEP responded with workshops at the food pantries so people could learn how to use the food and by offering recipes. As a result, more people began using the commodities.

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