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EFNEP/SNAP-ED

The NDSU Extension Service offers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to low resource North Dakota families in four urban areas and on three reservations. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) works to increase the likelihood that SNAP eligibles will make healthy food choices with a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP is a nutrition education program for families with young children. 

Families enroll in EFNEP and learn about healthy food choices, food safety and stretching the food dollar through a series of lessons.

2017 Program Impacts (Full Report)

Adult EFNEP reached 159 adults with 72 graduates completing five or more lessons. This programming benefitted 386 family members. Youth EFNEP reached 1,336 youth in 2017, with 89% of them graduating with three or more lessons. EFNEP graduates reported improved health and food resource management practices including:

  • 91% of adult graduates improved one or more nutrition practices
  • 80% of adult graduates improved one or more food resource management practices
  • 50% of youth graduates improved one or more food safety practices
  • 78% of youth improved one or more nutrition practices
  • 31% of youth improved physical activity behaviors

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Family Nutrition Program (FNP) (SNAP-ED)

FNP is a nutrition education program for individuals and families who are receiving or are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. 

The FNP helps individuals and families select nutritious foods that fit within a limited budget. 

Nutrition educators meet participants in many settings including county Social Services offices, WIC clinics, Head Start, food pantries, schools, senior meal sites and public health clinics.

2017 Program Impacts (Full Report)

During program year 2017, FNP provided direct education to 3,501 eligible adults and 8,011 youth across North Dakota. Additionally, over 34,809 citizens  were impacted by multi-level outreach,including policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change approaches.
FNP participants reported improved health and food resource management behaviors following FNP lessons including:

  • 83% of youth eat more fruit and 63% eat more vegetables
  • 51% of youth choose healthier snacks
  • 85% of youth are more physically active
  • 74% of adults adopted at least one habit to spend their food dollars more wisely
  • 62% of adults usually make meals at home
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