Food challenge: Serving up 4-H to non-traditional audiences

Sara Dodd, Holly E. Follmer-Reece, Erin Kostina-Ritchey, Roxanna Reyna

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This article describes a novel approach for introducing 4-H to non-traditional/diverse audiences using 4-H Food Challenge. Set in a low SES and minority-serving rural school, Food Challenge was presented during the school day to all 7th grade students, with almost half voluntarily participating in an afterschool club component. Program design supported school-level STEM enrichment and career development priorities. Topics addressed ranged from food handling/safety to nutrition and cost analysis. Conclusions include a summary of student outcomes and recommendations for school and adult partnerships. Implications for reaching non-traditional 4-H audiences through non-competition formats are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4IAW5
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


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