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Macoupin & Montgomery County 4-H Package Over 12,000 Meals for Local Food Pantries.
May 4, 2016
4-H members and volunteers throughout Macoupin and Montgomery counties gathered on April 30 at the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro to assemble meal packets for their local food pantries. Organizers of the Illini Fighting Hunger event report it was a hugely successful event.
More than 40 volunteers were on hand to help package the meals. Peggy Hampton, 4-H Youth Development Educator for Unit 18 stated, “The 4-H youth and volunteers did a tremendous job fighting back to end hunger in Macoupin and Montgomery counties by packaging over 12,000 meals for the local food pantries in Macoupin and Montgomery counties”. The soy-enriched rice packets also included recipes so that the meal packet can be used as a main course.
A 2014 study published by Feeding America reports food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. It is estimated that one in five children face hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis.
During the school year many children receive free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch program, but in the summer months that ends for many. The packaged meals, to be delivered to local food pantries, helps stretch the food budget for many families this summer while providing a nutritious meal. The 4-H members, volunteers and staff take great pride in being able to give back to their community.
For more information on the Illini Fighting Hunger program or University of Illinois Extension 4-H program, contact the Macoupin County Extension office at 217-854-9604 or the Montgomery County Extension office at 217-532-3941.
Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org