Pima County 4-H Clubs collected more than 2000 pounds of food in time for Thanksgiving, and in time for some of the busiest days of the year for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Collectively, several Pima County 4-H Clubs gathered 2,098 pounds, all through last month.
“We challenged 4-H clubs throughout Pima County to collect non-perishable food items,” said Josh Moore, 4-H Assistant Agent with Pima County Cooperative Extension.
“It was part of the ‘Trick-or-Treat so Others can Eat’ food drive, as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘Harvest for All’ program,” said Moore.
Pima County Farm Bureau sponsored a prize of $300 to the first place club, $200 to second, and $100 to the third place clubs who brought in the most pounds of food.
The first place winners: the Northwest Outrider’s Club of Marana, which contributed about 1000 pounds.
Bonnie Hatley, Community Club leader, and project leader says their club was particularly excited to participate in the food drive project.
“4-H is about head, heart, hands and health – it’s getting out there and helping in your community,” said Hatley, who is also the mother of a grown 4-Her, and has grandchildren who will join 4-H when they’re old enough.
"For our other service projects, we’ve done adopt-a-family-type programs in the past. We were able to help more families by collecting food,” said Hatley.
Another 4-H club, the “Little Rascals” participated in the food drive, as well, and cven though their club did not win a prize, parents say it was a great project that helped build a sense of community within 4-H in Pima County.
“My kids were very excited when they found out about the canned food drive, and they started collecting cans and saving their own money,” said Cheryl Caswell, Committee Volunteer, and the mother of 8th grade triplets involved in 4-H.
“These type of projects not only help others, but we were able to meet a lot of other 4-Hers. We were glad we were able to participate – it was an amazing amount of food the kids were able to collect,” said Caswell.
A spokesperson for The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona said they rely on donations to bring in the majority of the canned goods that supply their agency partners that go to people who need it.
“We appreciate the more than 2,000 pounds collected by the Pima County 4-H Clubs. We know there is a lot of work involved in collecting the food and getting it to the Community Food Bank, “said Norma Cable, Public Relations Specialist.
“One in four children in Arizona are at risk of hunger. People who give their time in organizing and being part of food drives are helping to fight the hunger in our state,” said Cable.
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