Tama County 4-H joins state in food collection

Iowans are invited to join the State 4-H Council in a community effort to donate nonperishable food items throughout the month of November. Food items will then be donated to local food pantries, churches, etc., in their respective counties following the end of the month.

According to  Feeding America, one in seven children in Iowa struggles with hunger.

“We wanted to give back not only to the state of Iowa but to individual communities, especially with the uncertainty of this year. We want to make sure that everyone has enough food for the holidays,” said Holly Schmitt, state council member from Winneshiek County.

The committee has a goal of reaching 10,000 donated food items through the end of the drive. This goal can be easily reached if each of the 100 county extension offices donates 100 food items.

Tama County 4-H wants to reach their goal of 100 food items!! And we need your help! Those wishing to donate to the cause may drop off their nonperishable food items at the Tama County Extension and Outreach Office at 203 West High Street, Toledo. A table has been set up by the main entrance for all donations. The office is open Monday -Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 1.

The State 4-H Council is a group of 40 energetic and positive high school 4-H students who serve as ambassadors for the Iowa 4-H program. Council members also plan the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign, participate in professional development opportunities, and gain valuable leadership and communication skills through quarterly retreats.

“Tama County 4-H is excited about participating in this state-wide program. In 4-H we pledge our hands to larger service which means giving back to our communities. All Tama County residents are invited to bring food to this Food drive. We really encourage 4-H clubs, members and alumni to give back to their community this fall,” Tama County Youth Coordinator, Jenny Hulme.

To learn more about the State 4-H Council or the Iowa 4-H program, visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/. You may also reach out to the Tama County Extension Office at 641-484-2703.