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Regional 4-H Participates in Statewide Food Drive
Missouri Ag Connection - 06/07/2019

In February, Missouri 4-H collaborated with Feeding Missouri in a first-of-its-kind statewide food drive. Every 4-H club in the state was invited to participate.

From February 1 to Feb. 28, 4-H'ers across Missouri engaged in a friendly service competition to see which 4-H clubs could contribute the greatest amount of food, cash contributions, and volunteer hours. Members of 4-H had the opportunity to organize and/or participate in food drives, fundraising, volunteerism, and educational outreach.

There were four top prize awards including most pounds of food collected, most money raised, most hours volunteered, and most meals raised overall.

The counties winning the top spots secured $1000 in 4-H scholarships to be used for 4-H members in their county.

Two of the four top prizes, Most Hours Volunteered and Most Meals Raised Overall, were awarded to regional 4-H members in Webster County. Webster County 4-H collected 15,525 meals and volunteered 176 hours!

Webster County 4-H is part of a regional trio of counties including Texas, Webster, and Wright and is supervised by University of Missouri Extension County Engagement Specialist in Youth Development, Janice Weddle.

"Isn't this exciting to be teaching kids leadership and the value of community service while helping the community at the same time. Our regional 4-H program has great stuff going on all the time. It was fun to be part of a friendly statewide competition and wonderful that the kids that worked so hard are rewarded thru 4-H scholarships. Thank you to all that contributed and made the food drive a success," said Weddle.

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