Nutrition Education





Who we are

FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) is a community nutrition education program within the Family Living Programs of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Programs respond to community needs with research-based education and partnerships that support Wisconsin families and communities.

Mom and Child eating healthy foodFoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and serves Wisconsin residents with limited incomes.

We seek to empower Wisconsin residents with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities.

What we do

FoodWIse employs a combination of evidence-based educational strategies, accompanied by environmental supports, designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of healthy food choices and active lifestyles.

What is FoodWIse

FoodWIse is a UW-Extension nutrition education program that helps limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase and prepare healthful food and handle it safely, and become more food secure by spending their food dollars wisely. WNEP focuses on nutrition education based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPyramid and Choose My


FoodWIse Mission and Purpose Statement:
FoodWIse is a major educational program within UW-Extension Family Living Programs (FLP). The mission of FLP is stated as: UW-Extension Family Living Programs respond to community needs with research-based education and partnerships that support Wisconsin families and communities.

The  FoodWIse Program (formerly named Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program or WNEP) is primarily made up of two federally-funded nutrition education programs for low-income families and individuals—the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program( SNAP). The mission and mandate of FoodWIse is to develop and implement educational programs in Wisconsin that are consistent with and fulfill the goals and missions of EFNEP and SNAP.

  • The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.
  • The goal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to provide educational programs that increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood of all food stamp recipients making healthy food choices and choosing active lifestyles consistent with the most recent advice reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid.

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Laura Apfelbeck
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program Coordinator
Sheboygan & Manitowoc Counties
Sheboygan County                                                                          Manitowoc County
UW-Extension Sheboygan County                                                  UW-Extension Manitowoc County
5 University Drive                                                                            4319 Expo Drive – P.O. Box 935
Sheboygan, WI 53081                                                                     Manitowoc, WI 54221
Phone: 920-459-5902                                                                      Phone: 920-683-4168
Fax: 920-459-5901                                                                          Fax: 920-683-5062


Janeth Orozco
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program Educator
Sheboygan County
UW-Extension Sheboygan County
5 University Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: 920-459-5902
Fax: 920-459-5901


Kao Vang
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program Educator
Manitowoc County
UW-Extension Manitowoc County
4319 Expo Drive – P.O. Box 935
Manitowoc, WI 54221
Phone: 920-683-4168
Fax: 920-683-5062