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4-H Food Smart Families (FSF) 4-H Healthy Living grants, funded by The ConAgra Foods Foundation, help to engage more than 19,000 youth and their families in seven states: California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington. These grants are focused on deepening and expanding nutrition education and cooking skills acquisition with food budget strategies to under-served youth and their families. Through 10 hours of program engagement, this project helps to support, facilitate, and improve healthy food choices on a budget starting at point of purchase in the store or farmers market and provide more nutritious food through utilization of correct cooking techniques. The project provides teen leadership through youth-adult partnerships (YAP) and collaboration between 4-H and Family Consumer Science (FCS) Programs. Using the YA4-H! Curriculum, 4-H Extension Educators led three YAP sessions throughout the state for teen and adult instructors where they learned how to work together in the classroom so students can benefit most from this program. Family And Community Engagement (FACE) events are also conducted to help reinforce program concepts within participant families as well as strengthen community partnerships.
The goal of the 4-H Food Smart Families 4-H Healthy Living grants is to mobilize under-served youth and their families to take action around nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, cooking skills and food budget management strategies. In Delaware, 2,750 under-served youth and their families will be reached with high quality positive youth development activities delivered through teens as teachers and collaboration between 4-H and FCS.
The photographs provided are from a FACE event at the Dagsboro Boys and Girls Club. Food Smart Families instructors, 4-H members and University of DE Cooperative Extension employees provided stations where the youth could learn about MyPlate, healthy recipes and how to shop for healthy foods on a budget. The youth were also provided with a nutritious meal and free children’s books.
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