Food, Fun, 4-H At-Home Cooking Program for Families

This free program unites families in the kitchen and at the dinner table! It will get young people into the kitchen and experience preparing home-cooked meals, trying new foods, encouraging family time, developing communication skills, and having fun.

Who should participate?

Food, Fun, 4-H is a great experience for youth of all ages. Younger members can work with a parent or caring adult to create their recipes, while experienced youth chefs can test their independence and culinary skills by creating the recipes.

How does it work?

Sign up by June 30 to participate in the 3-month program in July, August, and September. Each month families will receive themed recipes for one complete meal, educational information, nutritional facts, conversation starter topics, and ideas for a family physical activity through an email. Win a kitchen utensil kit if your family completes all three months! (Families from all states are welcome to participate, but only Illinois residents are eligible for prizes.)

Participant expectations:

  • For each monthly packet, families have 20 days to prepare their recipe(s), answer a few questions about their cooking and mealtime experience, and share photos using a QR code.
  • Participants will be asked to complete a brief evaluation of knowledge gained as a result of the program.

How much does it cost?

This program is FREE.

Food, Fun, 4-H is funded through the 4-H Healthy Habits grant, presented by National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation. Anyone may register for the program (including 4-H families, Cloverbuds, members from other states, 4-H volunteers, and non-4-H families).

This program was created by Oklahoma State University Extension.