UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program



The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a free nutrition education program for limited-resource families with an emphasis on parents and other adult caregivers who have primary responsibility for feeding young children. 

Since 1969, the University of Florida’s EFNEP has worked in local communities to teach participants skills and strategies to stretch their food dollars, eat nutritious meals, and improve their overall health.

Through a series of hands-on and fun lessons, EFNEP participants learn about:

  • Healthy Eating and Cooking For Less
  • Saving Money at the Grocery Store
  • Keeping Food Safe
  • Being Active
  • Cooking and Planning Meals

Who is Eligible?

This program is for limited resource families. That includes parents, caregivers, or foster parents, who are receiving or eligible for public assistance programs, such as:

  •  Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (food stamps)

  • WIC

  • Head Start

  • Free or Reduced School Lunch

Interested in the Classes?


Classes can be held at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension office in Bartow or at your site. A site can be any public space such as libraries, recreational buildings, or churches. Please keep in mind that you may have to wait till a group of eligible participants are interested in order to provide classes. Contact information is below and on the side panels.


To arrange group classes please contact:

  • Andrea Nikolai at (863) 519-1072
  •  Peggy Geren at (863) 519-1071
    • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Danielle Sawtelle at (863) 519-1065


Peggy Geren, EFNEP Program Assistant

Contact Information
  • Peggy Geren
    EFNEP Program Assistant
    Family and Consumer Sciences
  • PO Box 9005,
    Drawer HS03
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005
  • Phone: (863) 519-1071
  • Email: pgeren@ufl.edu

Danielle Sawtelle, EFNEP Program Assistant

Contact Information
  • Danielle Sawtelle
    EFNEP Program Assistant
    Family and Consumer Sciences
  • PO Box 9005,
    Drawer HS03
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005
  • Phone: (863) 519-1065
  • Email: d.sawtelle@ufl.edu
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