More than 1.9 million Illinois residents do not have regular access to nutritious food, according to the advocacy organization Feeding Illinois. One in five Illinois residents experiences hunger weekly. More than 270,000 Illinoisans live in food deserts. These numbers have worsened due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to healthy food has a major impact on the overall health and development of young people. Through our grants and programs, Illinois 4-H helps youth to solve real-world problems in their neighborhoods and communities. 

woman and girl working in garden in early spring
Young leaders around Illinois are rising to the challenge to create positive changes in their local food systems. In Feeding and Growing Our… Learn More
Little Roots is a gardening program for children 5-7 years old, it is a great activity for 4-H Cloverbud clubs or individuals.  The program… Learn More
girl working in a garden
Start your 4-H youth on the path to mastering the art of food production. Help foster a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the… Learn More
Through the Illinois 4-H Teen Teacher program, young people interested in strengthening their communication and presentations skills can help to… Learn More