4-H Canada Providing Youth with “Food For Thought”

Ottawa, ON, Sept. 26, 2023 – 4-H Canada has launched a new outreach initiative, Food For Thought, sponsored by Syngenta Canada, to help youth discover their personal role in food security and accessibility in their community, country, and the world.

“We are proud to launch Food For Thought, which will give not only 4-H members, but youth across the country, the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact food waste has on their community, and what they can do to help,” said David Hansen, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “Generously funded by our longstanding partner, Syngenta Canada, this initiative will connect youth with activities that allow them to get hands-on and have fun, while learning about critical aspects of food literacy, safety, and security.”

The Food For Thought Activity Guide is available free of charge via digital download to youth, parents, and educational organizations across the country, and is packed with colourful graphics, engaging content, and experiential activities that make learning about sustainable agriculture and food security fun.

From maintaining a sourdough starter to planting a Three Sisters garden to creating zero waste recipes, the Activity Guide uses 4-H Canada’s proven Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach to teach youth about food security, while allowing them to experience first-hand how to cut down on food waste in their homes and communities. It also introduces youth to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger, encouraging them to become global citizens working to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help 4-H’ers learn about this important topic and empower them to become zero hunger champions,” said Christina Stroud, Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta Canada. “As a company committed to sustainable agriculture, we are proud to be part of the solution to global food security.”

Through the generosity of Syngenta Canada, 4-H clubs and families who register for the initiative will also receive a Food For Thought Activity Kit at no cost, filled with supplies to create and record their own recipes, grow vegetables, and maintain a sourdough starter.

As 4-H Canada’s lead partner for programming within its Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security leadership development pillar, Syngenta Canada has contributed over $1,652,000 to the organization since 2014. Food For Thought is the latest in a long line of hands-on 4-H Canada programs supported by Syngenta Canada. To date, over 25,000 4-H members and youth have been engaged through the Proud to Bee a 4-H’erDig into Soil, and Steeped in Soil outreach initiatives.

Download the free Food For Thought Activity Guide. For more information on the full range of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security outreach initiatives supported by Syngenta Canada, visit 4-h-canada.ca/programs/outreach-initiatives.


4-H Canada has launched the Food For Thought outreach initiative, supported by Syngenta Canada, to help youth learn to cut down on food waste, and discover their personal role in food security in their homes, communities, and around the world.

Photo Credit:© 4-H Canada

About 4-H Canada

For 110 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has 17,434 members and nearly 7,000 volunteer leaders participating in more than 45,000 projects. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring, and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

About Syngenta

Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds are part of Syngenta Group, one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. To learn more visit www.syngenta.ca. Follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/Syngentawww.twitter.com/SyngentaCanada and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/syngenta.

For more information, media may contact:

Amy Felton
Communications Manager
4-H Canada

Christina Stroud
Head, Corporate Affairs Canada
Syngenta Canada Inc.