Food, Fun, 4-H: A new meal kit program for families

BEDFORD – Food, Fun, 4-H is a free, at-home cooking program that unites families in the kitchen and at the dinner table. This program gets young people in the kitchen and provides experience preparing home-cooked meals, trying new foods, encouraging family time, developing communication skills, and having fun!

In partnership with Lost River Market & Deli and IU Center for Rural Engagement, Purdue Extension-Lawrence County will offer a monthly Meal Kit Program during the months of May, June, July, and August.

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Each month, families will pick up their box during a specified Saturday morning (during the Bedford Farmer’s Market). Boxes will contain the ingredients and recipes for four different dishes (enough servings for a family of four)- entrée, two sides, and a dessert. Families are encouraged to take their boxes home, explore them together, and create their dishes. Boxes will also contain other educational materials, a kitchen tool to use with the recipe, and family challenges. Families will then be asked to submit a photo to be eligible to receive their next box.

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For families that complete all four months, there will be additional incentives provided. You do not have to be a cooking expert to sign up. The recipes and materials will show you each step from start to finish. We want you to have fun. Space is limited, and the program is open to the first twenty (20) families that register. You do not have to be 4-H members or affiliated to participate.

To submit your registration visit:

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Purdue Extension-Lawrence County office, 812-275-4623, by emailing the 4-H Extension Educator, Lesley Lodmell at, or the Community Wellness Coordinator, Annie Eakin,

For more information about other 4-H subjects in Lawrence County or the 4-H program in general, visit If you have questions about Lawrence County 4-H, call Lesley Lodmell, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, at 812-275-4623.