Extension Nutrition Education Program


The University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) promotes healthy eating and lifestyles by providing nutrition, physical activity and food safety education across Massachusetts. NEP assists program participants to reach individual goals by making small changes over time. The program emphasizes eating a variety of foods, being physically active, handling food safely, and enjoying foods in moderation.


Our Programs emphasize:

  • Fun, hands-on learning.
  • Easy low-cost recipes and food tasting.
  • Practical tips for child feeding.
  • Physical activities you can build into your day.
  • Ways to keep your foods safe.
  • A chance for all participants to learn from each other!

You’ll find us:

  • Working in schools, preschools and after school programs.
  • Partnering with community agencies.
  • Promoting local foods at farmers markets.
  • In communities across Massachusetts.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP is part of a national effort to improve the nutrition and health of low-income families with young children. The program hires and trains individuals from target communities as nutrition educators to deliver nutrition education to small groups of families for 2 to 4 months. Educators teach with a special understanding of the lifestyles, food-ways, and challenges that families face and in a language they understand. Project staff use a creative, dialogue based curriculum that engages participants in group discussions, cooking demonstrations, food tasting, music, fun physical activities, and other hands-on learning. Staff are based at UMass Amherst and in five field offices across the state (Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester).

For more information about EFNEP contact:
Lisa Sullivan-Werner
Program Leader for FNP and EFNEP

Family Nutrition Program (FNP)

FNP is part of a national nutrition education effort funded through the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food Stamp Program. FNP provides nutrition education programs and activities that help adults and youth eligible for SNAP to establish healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles.  Our staff are based at UMass Amherst and in eight field offices (Barnstable, Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, South Hadley, Springfield, and Worcester) and work in partnership with over 45 collaborators throughout the Commonwealth.

For more information about FNP contact:
Lisa Sullivan-Werner
Program Leader for FNP and EFENP

Food Safety Education Program

The Food Safety Education Program educates food producers and handlers about preventing foodborne illness. We offer food safety programs for fruit and vegetable growers, quality assurance managers, food processing managers/personnel, food warehouse associates, food distribution center personnel, grocery store managers/personnel, foodservice managers/personnel, food purchasing agents, and care-givers/volunteers caring for at-risk consumers. To further help reduce the risk of foodborne illness, the Food Safety Education Program also develops and/or disseminates food safety information to consumers.

For more information about the Food Safety Education Program contact:
Jean Anliker, PhD, RD, LDN
Program Director Nutrition Education Program