College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science


Dr. Mira Mehta is the director of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

About Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) 


Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Brings Together Federal, State, and Local Resources to Teach Limited-income Families and Youth about Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Diet and exercise are critical components of health and well-being, particularly for children.  University of Maryland Extension (UME) has programs and resources designed to provide individuals and households with sound, research-based nutrition education.


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Maryland’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the University of Maryland Extension focuses on diet quality, nutrition, food savings, and food safety.  EFNEP helps limited-income families and youth acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to promote health and wellness and reduce chronic disease risk.

  • EFNEP for Families reaches families with incomes at or below the poverty threshold, or families that qualify for federal food assistance programs when these families have school-age or younger children living in the home.  Pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers and pregnant teens who qualify for WIC also qualify for EFNEP.
  • EFNEP for Youth provides education to youths from 6-12 years old at schools as an enrichment of the curriculum, in after-school care programs, through 4-H EFNEP clubs, day camps, community centers, neighborhood groups, and gardening and cooking workshops.  

For more information on EFNEP:

Contact: Dr. Mira Mehta, Director, MD EFNEP 

               or Dr. Kavitha Sankavaram,



U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture


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