Nutrition Education

“In an effort to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, all offices of the UMS system, including this office of the UMaine Cooperative Extension will be working remotely until May 17, 2020 (when another determination will be made).  The Kennebec County office will be closed during this time, but our employees are still here to help.  Please contact Debbie Barnett, 207.622.7546 by phone or email,, with any questions.”

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is free to income-eligible adults with children and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start. EFNEP is also offered in Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and York counties.

In this FREE program you will learn to:

  • Cook new recipes
  • Choose healthy foods
  • Save money at the grocery store
  • Keep food safe to eat
  • Be more active

Contact Us: You can participate in EFNEP through individual and group lessons in homes or community sites including schools. For more information in Kennebec County
contact Debbie Barnett.

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Eat Well: Maine Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) currently operates in all 50 states, including Maine.

EFNEP is making a difference in Maine!

Read more about program outcomes of EFNEP in Maine.

Other Nutrition Education Resources

Eat Well Newsletter: Our newsletter has timely articles along with delicious, money-saving recipes for healthy eating and living.

10 Steps to a Heathier YouA video series to help you save money while making healthy food choices for you and your family. Each video is one step to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Eat Well Online: 10 Steps to a healthier You!

For more information

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