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The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service provides community engagement and outreach efforts for Kentucky families living in poverty as part of the land grant mission. Food security is a primary concern for those with limited resources and income. To address food availability and nutrition concerns of these families, Cooperative Extension delivers researched-based educational programming through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). EFNEP is a federally funded program that works to improve the quality of life of families living in poverty through education and behavior modifi cation. The EFNEP program uses a community-based outreach approach where food and nutrition educational content is taught by peer educators to provide experientially-based programming on making quality food choices. In this article, the authors look at the characteristics of a high poverty, Appalachian region of Kentucky and the impact of the EFNEP program outreach to local families as compared to state and national impact data.