4-H Junior Leaders support efforts to end child hunger
Monday, 22 May 2017 20:07

The Pulaski County 4-H Junior Leaders and 4-H Royalty Candidates are working to do their share to end child hunger.

In Pulaski County, 1 out of 5 children go hungry every day. And, 48-55 percent of Pulaski County school students qualify for free and reduced lunches per USDA poverty guidelines.

The community can help the Junior Leaders 4-H Club end hunger and poverty locally and globally by donating spare change and non-perishable food items at the entrance of the fairgrounds during the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair (July 1 - 6) on Wednesday, July 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Non-perishable food items will be donated to local food pantries, and thanks to a generous grant from the Pulaski County Community Foundation, any spare change collected for Heifer International globally will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500 here locally for food pantries.

The Junior Leaders will also host a Poverty Awareness Workshop with a representative from Heifer International on Wednesday during the fair and a daily coloring contest for youth ages 0-18 to win plush livestock animals and prizes.

"Junior Leaders is a 4-H project that is administered through the Pulaski County Extension Office, located on 125 S. Riverside Dr. in Winamac, and the staff can be reached for questions at (574) 946-3412. The Pulaski County Extension Office is open from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The 4-H mission is to assist youth and adults in their development by conducting hands-on educational programming, using the knowledge base of Purdue University, other land grant universities, and the United States Department of Agriculture."

 

- Submitted by Jodi Haring, 4-H Program Assistant, Pulaski County Extension