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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

EFNEP is a federally-funded program that offers nutrition education to limited-resource families. In California, the EFNEP State Office is located at the University of California, Davis, and the program is delivered through UC Cooperative Extension in 24 counties including Riverside.

In Riverside, EFNEP collaborates with elementary schools and other agencies serving young children to provide nutrition education to both parents and children. The program is available at no cost to eligible schools and agencies.

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Moreno Valley Unified Community Wellness Center Welcomed EFNEP
The Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) wanted to create a place to eliminate learning barriers by providing students with a school-based program that promotes health, safety, and resources through community partnerships. The new Community Wellness Center was finally opened in January 2018. The District Wellness Liaison, Ms. Connie Edwards, dreamed of this day for many years. The new center now provides care and services to homeless students and youth in temporary homes, and distributes basic needs items such as clothing, shoes, and food. In addition, the Center offers classes in self-efficacy, literacy, health, and nutrition to the District’s parents. Moreno Valley has higher than average poverty rate (16.8% below poverty level as compared with 15.1% for California; factfinder.census.gov). The obesity rates are also higher (30.6% for adults and 39.7% for teens in Moreno Valley as compared with 24.8% for adults and 32.4% for teens in California; shaperivco.org).

Read about: Moreno Valley Unified Community Wellness Center Welcomed EFNEP | View Other Stories




Eating Smart-Being Active curriculum is developed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of California.

The curriculum is research-based and provides information from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015.  It is designed for paraprofessional nutrition educators to assist limited-resource families with young children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

EFNEP nutrition educators deliver a series of eight 1-hour classes to teach adult participants how make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Lessons:

  • Get Moving!
  • Plan, Shop, $ave
  • Vary Your Veggies...Focus on Fruit
  • Make Half Your Grains Whole
  • Build Strong Bones
  • Go Lean with Protein
  • Make a Change
  • Celebrate! Eat Smart & Be Active

Riverside Adult EFNEP Staff:

Myriam Acevedo (951) 683-6491 


For more information, contact EFNEP Program Supervisor: Christine Davidson at cdavidson@ucanr.edu or call (951) 683-6491.



Youth EFNEP partners with (kindergarten and elementary level) school teachers or youth leaders to deliver lessons and activities from University approved curricula to teach children about food groups, healthy choices and exercise.

For more information about EFNEP Youth Curricula


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