With nearly one in four Hoosier youth affected by hunger, LaGrange County 4-H is working to make a difference with its “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” displays at the 4-H Fair this week. Fairgoers are encouraged to visit the 4-H Commercial (white) Building to enjoy and cast their votes for the work of 4-H youth and volunteers.
A service idea proposed last fall by the 4-H Junior Leaders has taken hold in the form of non-perishable food sculptures or statues created by 4-H groups that represent an ideal or feature of the program.
According to the Indiana report compiled by Hunger in America, nearly 300,000 Hoosier youth receive emergency food from Indiana food banks. Nearly half the families receiving food aid have to choose between paying for food or utility/fuel costs. In addition, nearly a quarter of those families have no health insurance.
Every dollar raised provides the equivalent of four meals. Food drives not only help fight hunger but can unite communities in the effort. “This is another example of how a group of young people can make a difference. We have seen this time and again,” remarked County Extension Director John Emerson, who accompanied the youth to the Indiana 4-H Congress last fall where the idea originated.
LaGrange County 4-H Fair visitors can vote for their favorite food sculptures by placing monetary donations in marked containers near each display. All proceeds, both the food used in making the models and cash votes, will be distributed to local food charities.