Barriers to participation in Extension programs often influence the means of program delivery and approaches to developing educational programs. A study of Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) clientele in one of North Carolina's poorer rural counties accentuates the difficulties faced by these limited resource clientele in their participation in the EFNEP program, as well as challenges to Extension to recognize and overcome such barriers. The research found that essentially all of this limited resource audience expressed some level of barriers. These included logistical, social, situational, and emotional barriers.
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Richardson, J. G., Williams, J. Y., & Mustian, R. (2003). Barriers to Participation in Extension Expanded Foods and Nutrition Programs. The Journal of Extension, 41(4), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss4/8