Nutrition Education Class Options

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) delivers interactive food and nutrition education for adults and youth. EFNEP classes are taught by county-based staff who are located across the state of Maine.

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EFNEP is free to income-eligible parents, caregivers, young adults (ages 18-25), teens, and children. If you don’t think you are eligible for EFNEP, you can still learn more about healthy eating through the 10 Steps to a Healthier You online course.

Adult Classes

Eligible adults can participate in EFNEP through individual and group lessons in homes or community sites. These classes can be in-person, distance, or hybrid. Upon completion of the class, participants can receive free cooking tools and expect to have learned about:

  • Choosing healthy foods
  • Food budgeting
  • Meal planning
  • Food safety
  • Cooking tips and more!

10 Steps to a Healthier You

10 Steps to a Healthier You is a self-led 10-lesson series focused on healthy eating through MyPlate, meal planning, food budgeting, and food safety. There is a small cost for the course, but if you are eligible for EFNEP you can access this class for free. Find out if you are eligible for EFNEP today by contacting us at or 207.581.3109.

Youth Classes

EFNEP provides group classes for youth usually at community sites, including schools and libraries. EFNEP uses a variety of curricula for youth classes including Create MyPlate, Teen Cuisine, Food, Fun, and Reading, and more. Youth participants in EFNEP classes can expect to learn about:

  • Choosing healthy foods
  • Food safety
  • Being active and more!

Learn more about EFNEP’s impact on youth in Maine.

Interested in coordinating EFNEP classes for your group of youth? Complete our Partner with Us form or contact us directly at or 207.581.3109.