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Food is one of life’s necessities. Yet, many Missouri families struggle to put enough food on the table. Hunger matters because it impacts the economic, education and health of both youth and adults. According to the Feeding American, one in seven children in the state of Missouri face hunger. Missouri 4-H has continued its partnership with Feeding Missouri and Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids to not only educate Missourians about this issue, but to do something about it. All of the state’s more than 1,600 4-H clubs, serving youth ages 5 to 18 were invited to participate in this year’s friendly competition among counties to donate the most meals through donations of volunteer hours, food, and monetary contributions. As a state the goal of raising 500,000 by April 30, 2022 was set.
Local 4-Hers were ready again this year to do their part to put Clark County on the map for the 4-H Feeding Missouri Food Drive. The Clark County 4-H Council organized a friendly competition and the members of the Antioch, Fox River Clovers, Shamrock, and Willing Workers 4-H Clubs came together to collect 1,935 items totaling 1,648 pounds of food. All donations were delivered on Tuesday afternoon by a great crew of 4-H members and Volunteers to the Clark County Food Pantry. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the Willing Workers 4-H Club for being the winner of our friendly competition between 4-H Clubs. It is all about Missourians helping Missourians, or in our case Clark Countians helping Clark Countians and Clark County 4-H has been glad to do our part in addressing food insecurity locally.
4-H is a youth development program offered through University of Missouri Extension for youth ages 5-18. For more information or to register contact the Clark County Extension Office at (660)727-3339. University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.