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About the Extension Nutrition Education Program

The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills for healthier eating through research-based nutrition education that makes a real difference.  With field offices throughout Massachusetts, and in partnership with local agencies, organizations, and schools, NEP helps low-income individuals and families make the most of their limited food resources.  Our program evaluations show that through NEP's hands-on learning, practical tips, personal goal-setting, and small changes over time, our participants make healthier food choices, handle foods more safely, and are physically more active - all of which lead to better health.

NEP includes two research-based programs:

  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which provides nutrition education to low-income families with young children and youth from low-income familiesSupplemental Nutrition Assistance
  • Program Education (SNAP-Ed), which provides nutrition education to adults and youth either receiving or eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)