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4-H Youth Development

Foods and Nutrition

In this project, you will have fun learning how to cook the basics and then advance to gourmet and international meals. You will learn the heritage of many foods as well as consumer buying skills to get the most for your money. In addition, you will learn how to make healthy snacks and modify recipes to fit a healthy life style. 

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Ages 7-8

  • Why food is important
  • The importance of food safety
  • Common food preparation equipment

Ages 9-11

  • Why nutrition is important in our daily lives
  • How to include exercise in our daily routine
  • How to prepare healthy snacks

Ages 12-14

  • Plan and prepare foods, including vegetables, cakes and casseroles
  • Ways to incorporate exercise into daily life
  • Basic outdoor cookery skills

Ages 15 and Older

  • Food preparation and safety guidelines
  • The diversity of food preferences
  • How to prepare foods on the go

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.




Senior Advanced 

Home Food Preservation Series

General Foods and Nutrition Resources

Food Science Resources

Additional Foods Curriculum

Project Leader Resources

Events and Activities

State 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Judging Contest
When: September
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Award: Educational trips, scholarships

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet

State Level
Award: Medallion

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship

Career Connections

Explore your Spark!


En Espanol

foods spanish

Ready to get started in your project learning?  Check out the Kansas Clover Classroom!