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Food & Nutrition

Are You Into It? 

This project area designed to help you do fun experiments, prepare flavor-filled recipes, and go on fact-finding missions. You’ll have fun learning about food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety.

• Use My Plate (USDA) information to make healthy food choices
• Understand principles of nutrition related to health, physical fitness, and appearance
• Learn how to prepare and store foods safely
• Understand the scientific principles of nutrition
• Acquire and demonstrate skills in planning, purchasing, preparing and serving tasty and nutritious meals

Here's What You Can Do All Year!

Foods Nutrition

Take Food and Nutrition Further!

• Create your own food preparation business
• Organize a food drive for your community
• Create a portfolio of your favorite recipes
• Keep a journal of foods eaten and calories consumed
• Plan menus for a week, make a grocery list and go grocery shopping
• Is it fair time? Consider taking an exhibit, a piece of your project learning to the fair for judging and to show what you have learned throughout the year. It might get selected to go to the Kansas State Fair
• Contact your county KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
• Attend Kansas 4-H Youth Conference and participate in workshops, motivational speakers and a community service project, bringing ideas back to your community


KSU Project Page

Project Meeting Resources

Food STEM Resource Activities

Fair Resources

Foods Judging Schedule

Foods Evaluation Scorecard

Cake Decorating Judging Form

Food Safety Recommendations for Food Preservation Exhibits

Department F:  Food Preparation and Preservation


Foods Preservation


Just Because It Seals Doesn't Mean it's Safe!

Food Preservation Judging Criteria

Judging Dried Fruits & Leather

Judging Fruits

Judging Herbs

Judging Pickles

Judging Preserves

Judging Dried Meat Jerky

Judging Meat and Poultry

Judging Tomatoes and Tomato Products

Judging Dried Vegetables

Judging Vegetables


Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


• Teach friends how to make healthy snacks
• Tell your family about the importance of eating a variety of foods from all the food groups
• Design a poster about kitchen safety


• Bake with the elderly at a care center
• Volunteer at a food pantry
• Offer locally grown food sampling at the grocery store


• Take responsibility for preparing one family meal each week
• Plan and help prepare food for a special family event
• Create a club fundraiser around food

Exhibit Ideas

• Learn to read food labels
• Experiment with altering recipes and share results
• Compare cost of purchased vs. home made
• Plan a special meal for your family
• Make a recipe calendar for a gift - include a recipe for each month
• Assemble a set of favorite recipes
• Research sports drinks vs. water - share results via poster