4-H clubs across Missouri met their goal in the third annual 4-H Feeding Missouri Food Drive. The food drive is a partnership with the Missouri Farmers Care to Feed Kids drive and ran January 1st through the end of April. Even with limited in-person drives, fundraising, and volunteer service opportunities limited due to COVID-19, 4-H clubs secured nearly 357,000 meals this year. It brings their 3-year total to just over 756,000 meals.
This year, 4-H clubs could apply for matching mini-grants through a donation from Missouri Farmers Care Foundation. Almost $5,000 was awarded to 17 Missouri 4-H clubs to help further their local efforts during the drive.
4-H Feeding Missouri campaign proceeds go directly to Feeding Missouri, a coalition of the state’s six major food banks that provides hunger relief through a network of more than 1,500 community-based food programs in every county and the city of St. Louis.
The 2021 Drive to Feed Kids will culminate at the Missouri State Fair with a variety of activities, including a meal box packing event in the 4-H building on Aug. 16. Fairgoers that day are welcome to stop by to view the exhibits and pack a box. Learn more about this event and the other Drive to Feed Kids activities at MOFarmersCare.com/drive.