Lucky Leaf Livestock 4-H Club members won $100 for their club during the "Kids 4-Hunger" food drive. The award was announced during a recent thank-you party at Camp Pioneer in Beverly. It was sponsored by Catholic Charities West Virginia.
The club also will have its name on a perpetual plaque that will hang at Camp Pioneer.
All 4-H clubs in Randolph County were invited to participate in the food drive, which was conducted from April until August. "Kids 4-Hunger" encouraged each club member to collect food to donate to WellnessWorks Food Pantry at the Catholic Charities office in Elkins.
Winners in the ‘Kids 4-Hunger’ food drive for Catholic Charities West Virginia include, in front, Steven Demyan; Andrea Warner; Aida Snyder; and Cindy Hammer, Catholic Charities West Virginia regional director. Pictured in the back row are Jaret Bowers; Aaron New; Mary Warner, Lucky Leaf Livestock leader; Judy Snyder; and Debbie Demyan.
Local 4-H clubs participating included Seneca Gilman, Lucky Leaf Livestock, Meadow Grove Green Growers, Harman High Climbers and Ski Hi. The five clubs collected close to 300 pounds of food.
Winner Lucky Leaf Livestock collected and donated approximately 122 pounds of food. When the 4-H members received the check from Catholic Charities, they said they plan to use the money to buy more groceries for the nonprofit agency.
"Kids 4-Hunger" will be an annual food drive open to all Randolph County 4-H clubs. Cindy Hammer, Catholic Charities West Virginia regional director, said she would like to see growth in coming year's food drive.
"This program is an excellent way to help children realize there are many people in our community that are hungry, and it could even be the kid that sits next to them at lunch," Hammer said. "All Randolph County 4-H clubs have a chance to tour the facilities at Catholic Charities before they begin their food drive to see how the WellnessWorks Pantry operates, discuss the needs in our community and get a packet of information on different ideas on how to organize a successful food drive."