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About EFNEP in Miami Dade

According to the American Community Survey (2018), 2.76 million people live in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County is a “minority‐majority” population, meaning that a minority group comprises the majority of the population, as 69% of the population identified as White Hispanic, 16% identified as Black or African American, and 13% White non-Hispanic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2013) 67% of the Miami-Dade County population experience overweight or obesity. Only 22% of adults in the county meet the federal government's guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption (CDC 2013). Nearly 20% of people in Miami-Dade County experience poverty, which is higher than the states poverty rate (16%) (Florida Department of Health 2019).

County's Impact 2020


Programs Offered

  • Adult Programing


    EFNEP offers adult programs, typically nine sessions long and held in a community setting.

    Adult programs incorporate relevant nutrition information to help families eat better food for less money. Small group sizes allow EFNEP educators to tailor each class for their audience. Participants connect with one another in hands-on activities and group discussion.

    All EFNEP classes include interactive food demonstrations of easy and delicious recipes. Also, each lesson comes with a lesson enhancement and a tool designed to help participants adopt a healthy lifestyle.


Jessica Alfonso, MS, RDN, LDN

Extension Agent I/EFNEP Supervisor, Miami-Dade County

Jessica joined EFNEP in November 2021. Jessica completed her BS and MS in Dietetics & Nutrition at Florida International University. She completed her dietetic internship at Florida International University, which included clinical and food service rotations at Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center. Her work background is predominantly in community nutrition, which includes Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food & Nutrition, Head Start, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.



Headshot of Layne NavarraName: Layne Navarra
Adult Nutrition Educator

Headshot of Marie MichelName: Marie Michel
Adult Nutrition Educator

Headshot of Jaylen RuizName: Jaylen Ruiz
Adult Nutrition Educator


Name: Aimeliz Fernandez


Additional Information

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