Nutrition Education

Effective Thursday, June 25, 2020:
University of Maine Cooperative Extension buildings are currently CLOSED in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
At some point in July, county offices will reopen following UMaine guidance and protocols. Exact dates have not yet been determined. Please check this site for updates or feel free to call the office for updated information.
However, please note that UMaine Extension is operating and staff are working remotely from their offices.

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

Online Education with UMaine EFNEP

Are you or someone you know interested in improving you and your family’s health, saving money at the store, and basic nutrition tips?

Our educators now have the resources to conduct EFNEP nutrition education classes at a distance with the option of classes taught one-on-one or in small groups.


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

Mainely Dish Recipe Video Series: Watch our “Mainely Dish” step-by-step videos for a simple recipe that can be done right at home!


For more information

Contact Deborah Barnett at