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University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County

Main Office (Cook County)
8751 S. Greenwood Avenue, Suites 112-122
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: 773-768-7779
FAX: 773-768-4818
Email: uie-cook@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
1140 N. Lamon
Floor 2
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-287-8333
FAX: 773-287-8335
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
3rd District Court House
2121 West Euclid, Room 251
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: 847-818-2901
FAX: 847-818-2904
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
Enterprise Center
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-4320
FAX: 708-492-1805
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Cook County)
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-651-4011
FAX: 773-651-4047
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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EFNEP is a nutrition education program conducted by University of Illinois Extension for low-income families with children and youth groups. EFNEP is designed to help families with limited resources make food choices that will improve the diet and health of the family by providing workshops with hands on learning activities, food demonstrations and discussions. The nutrition education program is planned to help families learn how to:

  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals
  • Manage their food dollar
  • Shop wisely
  • Handle food safely
  • Obtain knowledge about food and nutrition

Trained University of Illinois Extension staff, who are indigenous to the community, teach adult participants in small groups. The workshops are conducted in schools, Head Start programs, and other community based programs. EFNEP staff use the Building Healthy Lifestyles and other research based curriculum including lessons on the following topics: The Food Guide Pyramid, Eating Right During Pregnancy, Feeding Young Children, Breakfast and Wellness Ways.

EFNEP also provides nutrition education to children enrolled in school programs from preschool to 12th grade. The youth program teaches children to make wise food choices and to begin learning how to develop good eating habits at an early age. EFNEP participates in 4-H Clubs, summer camps, day camps, school nutrition awareness programs and other special events.

All EFNEP workshops are designed to meet the needs of the participants and are taught in a facilitative manner. Participants enrolled in the program receive a graduation certificate upon completion of six or more lessons.