What is NEP?
The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) helps families on a limited budget improve the quality of their diet. NEP participants acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health. NEP is free to all participants who meet income guidelines.
Adult & Senior NEP Classes
Adult and Senior NEP classes are comprised of seven nutrition lessons. Each lesson includes hands-on learning activities to help participants apply what they learn in class to their daily life. All participants complete the following lessons, Meal Planning & Shopping, Food Resource Management, MyPlate Basics, MyPlate Food Groups, Food Safety, Watch Your Fats, Sugars, and Salt, and Breakfast. The concepts of Food Safety, Food Preparation, Physical Activity and Goal Setting are tied into every lesson. When participants complete the seven lessons, they receive a certificate and a beautiful cookbook.
Classes are taught individually, in small groups at agency or community sites, at home through mail lessons, Internet or phone visits.
Youth NEP Classes
Youth NEP classes take place at a variety of community sites including preschools, childcare centers, after-school programs, and summer youth camps. NEP also teaches during the regular school day in qualifying schools. NEP youth learn about hand-washing, food safety, healthy snacks, healthy beverages, MyPlate, physical activity, breakfast, food preparation and kitchen safety.
NEP is the umbrella term for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed) in Nebraska. Both programs receive federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture: EFNEP is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and SNAP-Ed is funded by Food and Nutrition Service. Nebraska Extension manages the program and NEP staff in local Extension Offices deliver the program to residents in 32 counties in Nebraska.
NEP Brochure (PDF 441KB)
Additional Food Assistance Programs
Families who are participating in NEP may also want to check out these resources.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)*
Nebraska SNAP online application or
Phone: (800) 430-3244
* SNAP is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and is formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
- Nebraska Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
- Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
- Summer Food Service Program
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Food Bank for the Heartland
- Food Bank of Lincoln
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)