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KAHOKA, MO—When the Clark County Extension Council made the decision last fall to cancel Farm/City Night after a 35-year run with the best interests of the health of the community in mind, it was a difficult decision. Instead of dwelling on the disappointment due to factors beyond their control, they refocused their efforts on a related cause where they could make a difference. Traditionally, as a part of Farm/City Night food donations are collected and given to support the Clark County Food Pantry. Recognizing that food insecurity is a greater issue world-wide given the pandemic, the Extension Council shifted their efforts to a project to help in meeting this need within our community.
The Clark County Extension Council normally solicits financial and door prize donations from community businesses for Farm/City Night. This year, along with sharing the cancellation of the event for 2021, they extended to their supporters and the general public the opportunity to transition their traditional support to a donation for the Clark County Food Pantry. Additionally, after communicating with the Food Pantry to identify those products they are most in need of, Council members set up to collect items locally at C & R Market, Mac’s Super Saver, and Dollar General in Kahoka. Items donated were presented to the Clark County Food Pantry to stock their shelves to support those locally in need. Extension Council Secretary Lora Jacobson shared, “This was a great opportunity to bring our community together to make a difference!”
In addition to the food donations, a check for $1,240 was presented to the Clark County Food Pantry along with an additional $1,000 check from community partner Clark County Farm Bureau, which will allow the Pantry to purchase items as they need. This donation was made possible by the following donors: FCS Financial- Miles Cameron, Catherine Winfrey, Duers, Peoples Bank of Wyanconda, Kimberly Daniels Agency, Trump Trucks, Wood Builders, Inc, Bank of Monticello, Whiston Construction, Meinhardt Insurance Agency, Mary Thompson Nichols, Ayers Oil, Kahoka State Bank, Clark County Nursing Home, Marilyn Otte, Exceed Physical Therapy, Lynn Barbour, DDS, OATS for Clark County, Clark County Farm Bureau and cash donations made during local collections. Extension Council Treasurer Joe Thomson shared, “Thank you to all those who helped us support the Clark County Food Pantry. We are blessed to live in such a generous and supportive community.” The Extension Council plans to reinstate Farm/City Night in 2022.