Food Collection in Stutsman County, ND
Community issue: Sadly, many Americans struggle to provide
food for their families each year, especially during the winter holiday
season. The US Census reports that in
Stutsman County, North Dakota 12.1% of the population live below the poverty
level. This means that more than 2,500
people in Stutsman county alone struggle to meet daily expenses. A local 4-H Club heard an advertisement from
a nearby city attempting to fill its Recreation Center with food donations, and
decided to do something similar to help their town.
How it was addressed: In November, 2010, the 4-H club
challenged their county to fill a room in a local church with canned goods and
other food donations. In true 4-H
spirit, they decided to continue their efforts in 2011 and advertised their new
challenge, to "Stock the Stock Trailer," through the local Chamber of
Commerce and an interview on a local radio show.
Results: In 2010, the 4-H'ers collected 750 items to be
split between the two local food banks.
In 2011, the club demonstrated the 4-H motto, "To make the best
better," and collected over 2,000 food items to be distributed during the
What does Sara to say? "My community supports 4-H with
sponsorships, time and resources, so it is only natural for me
to want to give back to my community in their time of need."
What's next? The 4-H'ers plan to
continue their revolution with another event in 2012.