Food & Nutrition

4-H members learn about nutrition, menu planning, food preparation, buying, food safety, and much more. These experiences can be completed in project group meetings or individual study with parents and leaders.

4-H Food Show
The county food show offers 4-H members an opportunity to show off skills and knowledge gained in the foods and nutrition project. 4-H members submit their recipe and project information sheet prior to the show. For the show, each participant prepares a dish from home and brings it to the contest. During the judging, 4-H members are asked questions on nutrition, food preparation and meal planning. The Wharton County 4-H Food Show is held in October of each 4-H year.

First, second, and third place winners in the junior, intermediate, and senior divisions compete in the District 11 Food Show in December. Senior 4-H members placing first at district can compete at the State Food Show in June.

For more information on Food and Nutrition, check out the Texas 4-H Food & Nutrition Explore Guide

4-H Food Challenge
This contest challenges teams of 4-H members to create a dish using only a predetermined set of ingredients. From these ingredients, team members must identify and prepare the dish, then make a presentation about it to the judges.

• Provide opportunities for participants to exhibit their knowledge and skill when preparing and presenting a dish
• Provide opportunities for participants to learn from other team members
• Promote teamwork
• Give participants opportunities for public speaking
• Provide leadership opportunities
• Give 4-H members the opportunity to participate in a new, exciting, competitive event

For more information about Food Challenge, check out the Texas 4-H Food Challenge Explore Guide


For more information on the food and nutrition project, visit

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