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4-H members surpass last year’s numbers

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:56 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:13 a.m. CST

Several of Jasper County’s 4-H members participated in a Meals From The Heartland packaging event last Sunday at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Colfax. This year the club members raised more than $2,000 and received a matching grant from MFTH. This was three times more than what they did last year. They were able to package 109 boxes of food, each holding 36 bags, with each bag containing six meals for a total of 23,544 meals for the hungry and less fortunate. This project is such a good fit for the 4-H program because of the emphasis that 4-H has on Service Learning, Citizenship and Community Service. One of the four H’s stands for “Hands for Larger Service” and what better way to use your hands for larger service than to package meals for those in need, right here in Iowa as well as around the world.