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Cooperative Extension: EFNEP

Youth Programming

Through hands-on learning activities, EFNEP helps children and youth:

  • Acquire knowledge of the principles of nutrition, physical activity, and good health.
  • Improve the variety of foods consumed with particular emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods.
  • Acquire skills necessary to select and prepare low-cost nutritious foods that are safe to eat.
  • Change behaviors that lead to healthier eating habits and a more physically active lifestyle.

EFNEP children and youth learn to:

  • Develop healthy eating habits
  • Choose healthy snacks
  • Practice safe food handling
  • Increase physical activity
A group of students wearing chef hats stand in front of table with a Clemson table cloth holding water bottles

“I like learning about new things and cooking ingredients because I can help my parents in the kitchen.”


How to Qualify for Youth Programming

EFNEP includes programming for a diverse audience of children, youth, and families with limited financial resources and who are eligible for Food Assistance programs such as WIC, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), AFDC, or Head Start.

The primary audiences for youth programming are: 

  • Students grade K-12th  

Impact Data Snapshot

In 2021:

3,356 SC youth served

179 groups across SC counties

89% graduation rate

89% improvement in diet quality

62% improvement in food safety

65% improvement in physical activity

50% improvement in food resource management

Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Program
Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Program | 103 Barre Hall Clemson, SC 29634