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COLUMBIA, Mo. – This February, 4-H’ers statewide raised 103,752 meals for people in need in the first-of-its-kind 4-H Feeding Missouri initiative.
University of Missouri Extension 4-H partnered with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri’s six major food banks that works to feed people in every county in the state and the city of St. Louis. Throughout February, 4-H’ers engaged in a friendly competition to see which counties could contribute the most food, volunteer hours and monetary donations while raising awareness about food insecurity in Missouri, where 1 in 5 children experience hunger.
The results of the challenge were announced March 17 at Missouri 4-H’s annual Teen Conference. MU Extension awarded $1,000 prizes for counties that collected the most pounds of food, most monetary donations and most volunteer hours worked, as well as to the county that raised the most meals overall, a calculation based on a combination of pounds of food, volunteer hours and monetary donations.
Barton County collected the most food, at 3,044 pounds. Montgomery County collected monetary donations equivalent to 3,000 meals. Webster County donated the most volunteer hours and most meals overall.
MU Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart was unavailable to present the awards but recorded a video congratulating the 4-H members. “You’ve put your hands to larger service for your club, your community, your country and your world,” Stewart said.
Awards of $100 were given to counties that were runners-up in each of these categories:
Most pounds of food:
Webster — Maries — Dallas — Monroe — Cass — Ralls — Adair — Cape Girardeau — Bates — Johnson
Most monetary donations:
Audrain — Pettis — Barton — Cass — Boone — Cole — Dallas — Greene — Marion — Franklin and Ralls (tied)
Most hours volunteered:
Moniteau — Cole — Boone — Dallas — Audrain — Cape Girardeau and Ste. Genevieve (tied) — Pettis
MFA Inc., the Missouri 4-H Foundation, Sharon K. Strubberg, Sydenstricker Implement Co., Farm Credit Southeast Missouri and Vivayic Inc. sponsored the 4-H Feeding Missouri challenge and made the awards possible.
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