University of Illinois Extension serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties
801 North Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 11:30 - 12:30pm)
201 W. Kenyon Road
Champaign, IL 61820
916 W Seminary Ave
P.O. Box 163
Onarga, IL 60955-0163
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
3164 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12-1pm)
4-H Meal Packaging Event
March 17, 2018 (10:00 AM )
DACC Bremer Center
2000 E Main St
Danville, IL 61832 (Vermilion County)
4-H members in Vermilion County are helping feed families in need by hosting a Meal Packaging Event on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Danville Area Community College’s Bremer Center. In order to have a successful event, we need volunteers. Volunteering is open to anyone starting at age eight to adulthood. 4-H membership is not required to volunteer.
The face of hunger may surprise you. It’s the family of four where both parents work extra jobs to cover growing expenses. It’s the single dad trying to care for his children while attending night classes. It’s the senior citizen stretching his social security check to cover both medication and food. It’s the young high school graduate skipping meals to cover expenses of her first apartment.
Although Illinois is a leading producer of agricultural commodities, one in five Illinois children experiences hunger. 4-H is answering the call to help struggling families in their local communities through the 4-H Feeding and Growing program.
Illinois 4-H members and volunteers in partnership with Illini Fighting Hunger, a University of Illinois student group are working together to provide local solutions to hunger. The rice casserole meals include long-grain white rice, a blend of vitamins and chicken flavoring, dehydrated vegetables and textured soy protein.
“The balanced, nutritious meal provides 16 essential vitamins and minerals and is easy to prepare,” said Bill Million, U of I Extension 4-H youth development specialist. Families are also provided easy recipes using the meal ingredients.
4-H volunteers form assembly lines, and the separate ingredients are combined in plastic bags and sealed for distribution to local food pantries and agencies in need.