Jo Rector, advisor for the Bone Gap Cardinals 4-H Club in Edwards County, helps with meal-packing in Country Financial Hall Saturday morning.

This past Saturday, the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Office partnered with the Young Leaders from the Edwards County Farm Bureau at COUNTRY Financial Hall for to sponsor the 4-H Illini Fighting Hunger Meal Packaging Event. Debra Collier of the University of Illinois Extension Office in Albion shared “we partner with the Farm Bureau for different events,” which made this a sensible community partnership for the event.

According to the Illini Fighting Hunger page, these meal packaging events are a volunteer project in which meals and/or single-ingredient food items are prepared for distribution to people who struggle with food insecurity throughout Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.

“In 2016, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, equating to 42 million Americans including 13 million children.” 

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