4-H campaign to fight hunger

Illinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich will serve as this year’s honorary chairman of the 4-H CAN Make a Difference food drive campaign. Blagojevich will be providing encouragement and support to more than 330,000 Illinois 4-H youth in their campaign to eliminate hunger.

Last year, 4-H youth and their adult leaders reached the milestone of 1 million pounds of food collected since the program began. They also contributed more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service at local food pantries and shelters throughout the state. America’s Second Harvest and the Illinois Food Bank Association recently awarded 4-H youth with the Statewide Food Drive of the Year Award for outstanding leadership and service. This is the sixth consecutive year that 4-H has received this recognition.

4-H members sponsor food drives in conjunction with local fairs and community events. They also collect food donations at the Illinois State Fair. Prior to delivering the items to the nearest food bank, the 4-H youth build a “house” from donated food products. The 4-H House of Food symbolizes the youths’ hopes that pantry shelves in every Illinois home are stocked.

More info: University of Illinois Extension Office or www.4-H.uiuc.edu.

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