Foods & Nutrition



Foods & Nutrition is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Foods & Nutrition.

Foods & Nutrition 1
What you can do in this project: learn what is good to eat and how to fix simple foods; fFix pizza, pancakes, fruit kabobs and granola bars; explore why calcium is important to our bodies; understand TV commercial messages about food.
Grades: 3-4
Resource: 07144, Six Easy Bites

Foods & Nutrition 2
What you can do in this project: make main dishes, e.g., meatballs, pasta and salads; learn to make basic muffins and biscuits; learn to change recipes; reduce fat content in recipes; discover how to store fruit and vegetables.
Grades: 5-6
Resource: 07146, Tasty Tidbits

Foods & Nutrition 3
What you can do in this project: learn to evaluate nutrition information and fad diets; develop your own exercise program; learn how to cook different cuts of meat; learn to divide large-quantity packages for family use; make baked chicken, breadsticks and stir-fried vegetables.
Grades: 7-9
Resource: 07148, You’re the Chef

Foods & Nutrition 4
What you can do in this project: learn how to make jelly, bake fish and marinate meat; conduct a food activity with young children; learn to divide recipes and make substitutions; plan menus on a budget.
Grades: 10-12
Resource: 07150, Foodworks

Foods & Nutrition Leader
Resources: 07730, Foods Curriculum Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?

Foods Preservation 1
What you can do in this project: learn the basics of preserving food safely; use UW-Extension Safe Food Preservation Series.
Grades: 6-12
Resources: B0430, Canning Fruits Safely
B1159, Canning Vegetables Safely
B2909, Making Jams, Jellies and Fruit Preserves
B3278, Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Foods Preservation 2
What can I do in this project: continue learning food preservation techniques; use UW-Extension Safe Food Preservation Series.
Grades: 6-12
Resources: B2267, Homemade Pickles and Relishes
B2605, Tomatoes Tart and Tasty
B3345, Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry and Fish Safely
B3570, Canning Salsa Safely


Want to learn more about Foods & Nutrition? Try the links below.

Foods & Nutrition Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including foods & nutrition. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Foods & Nutrition Project. Just follow these links!

American Dietetic Association
This web site provides practical advice on incorporating the food guide pyramid into your diet.

Dole Superkids
Provides information on fruits and vegetables through coloring books, adventures, games and songs.

Fleischmann’s Yeast Bread World
Site includes product information, recipes, tips and troubleshooting.

Food Safety Information
At this government web site, youth and adults alike can find lots of information on food safety. You can find everything from curriculum for educators to tips to preparing bacteria-free foods.

King Arthur Flour Company
Site provides you with recipes for many different types of baked goods and tips for successful baking.

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis, Nutrition Center
Place to find good nutrition information in a fun, user-friendly format.

Meals for You, My Menus
Site provides a long list of recipes, cookbooks, meal ideas, tips and guides for preparing meals, links to make your own shopping list, and nutritional health guide to help you in the kitchen.

National 4-H Online Foods Project
Activities and links to foods sites for youth, volunteers and educators.

Recipe Link
Guide to what’s cooking on the web.

Red Star Yeast – Carol’s Kitchen
Features bread-baking basics, recipes and frequently asked questions about yeast.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture:
This government site has information on USDA’s new food guide pyramid, an important source of information for consumers.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
At this government web site, you can stay current with all the current regulations and information regarding what you eat.

U.S. General Services Administration: Consumer Information Center
This government web site offers a database of food-related books and articles you can read online or order to read at home.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Nutrition
Guide to links for many nutrition-related sites.

Wheat Foods Council
The council helps you to learn about the role of grain in your diet.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Foods & Nutrition Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several foods and nutrition resources.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension Publications
Source of many foods and nutrition booklets and resources from UW-Extension.

UW-Extension Food Preservation & Food Safety State Specialist: Barb Ingham