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Nutrition Education Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program celebrates 50 years!

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For 50 years, UC Cooperative Extension EFNEP educators have taught Californians in their communities, at community centers, schools, Head Start preschools, churches and, sometimes, in their own homes how to lead a healthy life.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is an essential resource in the fight against poverty, malnutrition and obesity. It was implemented to teach healthy eating habits to the most vulnerable in the country: children, and their adult caregivers, such as single mothers and fathers, immigrants, unemployed, and elderly grandparents. EFNEP helps people who, in the ups and downs of life, face a time without enough money for food.

The EFNEP has many success stories to tell.

Who We Are

UC Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Education provides research-based food and nutrition information and educational programs for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Our goal is to help youth and families make healthy food choices, maximize limited food budgets, and handle food safely.

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Our staff of professionals bring a significant depth and breadth of food and nutrition experience and education to the programs. We act as a vital bridge between the UC academic system and our local communities, tailoring the latest science, curriculum, and information to the needs, cultures, and languages of our communities.

What We Do

We currently offer two USDA-funded programs for limited-income youth and families, among other nutrition projects.

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FOR PARENTS: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides a series of eight practical, hands-on, multilingual nutrition lessons from the Eating Smart*Being Active Curriculum for limited-income parents of young children.

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FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS: Cal-Fresh provides nutrition education curricula and activities, staff and parent training, and technical support for qualifying pre-schools, schools, and agencies.

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OTHER: Nutrition staff may provide technical expertise for community grants, committees, and other projects by request.


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P (650) 871-7559

Nutrition Education

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300 Piedmont Ave.,
Bldg. B, Room 227
San Bruno, CA 94066