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News Release

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Extension Cooks Up Fun with “Jr Chef” Culinary Camp In Jerseyville

This summer University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with SNAP ED, & 4-H hosted an “Illinois Jr Chef” cooking camp in Jerseyville.   The camp was held June 6 – 9 at Farm Credit Illinois in Jerseyville. The free camp was open to children between the ages of 8-12 years.  The camp offered kids the opportunity to make their own nutritious meals and get excited about healthy foods like whole grains, low fat dairy and also how to add more fruits and vegetables to their meals.  Participants not only learned how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, but also hand washing and sanitation practices, as well as food and kitchen safety.  4-H participants in the Teen Teacher program were on hand to teach lessons and work with participants throughout this hands-on camp. Teen Teachers included: Sally Reed and Ben Fessler. The 4-H Teen Teacher program is sponsored by the Illinonis 4-H Foundation.


All participants will receive a recipe book and kitchen utensils, as well as a certificate signifying their completion of the course.  Young participant Marleigh Stagner had this to say about the program, “The camp was really good. The food was delicious. I liked the Garlic Broccoli Stir-fry. I tried it for the first time. It was delicious!”  She added, “Cooking is messy, but I like it!”


The camp was coordinated by Sharon Clagg, Community Worker, INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED. The program was made possible through a partnership with University of Illinois Extension, SNAP ED, and 4-H.  Farm Services of Illinois generously donated the use of their facilities to host the camp. 

For more information about this and other Extension program please contact your local Extension office. University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo.  Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.




Photo Caption: Ava Bacon (L) and Marleigh Stagner (R) work together to make “Skillet Spaghetti”, just one of the many recipes students prepared during the Illinois Jr Chef cooking camp.

Local Contact: Sharon Clagg, Community Worker, SNAP-ED,