Logan 4-H clubs address hunger security with “CANstruction”

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[November 13, 2014]     Send a link to a friend  Share

During the National 4-H Week celebration recently held in October, local 4-H clubs were challenged to gather enough canned goods and items to create a structure to promote 4-H and hunger awareness in their communities.

According to Whitney Ajie, Extension Educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Extension Unit 16, hunger is often a hidden problem and our perception of who is hungry in our state can be biased. In reality, hunger affects a significant portion of our state’s population. Approximately 15% or over 1 of every 6 people did not have access to nutritious food sometime during the year in Illinois. (Figures taken from 2012 statistics on the “Feeding Illinois” website).

In Illinois, Food Security is an issue for 21.6% of children state-wide and 21.4% in Logan County which is 1 in 5 children locally. Over 40 club members assisted in creating the hunger awareness structures and approximately 300 cans of food and additional items were donated to Food Pantries to help address hunger locally after judging of the 4-H club structures was completed.

Participants in the CANstruction challenge included The Pioneers 4-H club who were awarded first place in the challenge, Wide-A-Wake 4-H club who received second place, and Hollanders 4-H club with the third place structure.

For additional information on the Logan County 4-H program or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), please contact the Logan County Extension Office at 732-8289.

Text and pictures by Patty Huffer, Logan County Extension Program  Coordinator

First Place - Pioneers 4-H Club


Second Place - Wide-A-Wake 4-H Club


Third Place - Hollanders 4-H Club


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