The Kendall County 4-H Teen Federation hosted its annual philanthropic fundraiser on Feb. 29, and collected $700 to date for Illini Fighting Hunger, which works to address local and international hunger issues by making meal packaging events more frequent, more accessible, and more effective in Illinois. Using the money raised, the group will host a meal-packing event April 14 that will serve Kendall County neighbors in need. The group will package soy rice casseroles that includes 13 recipes for ways families can customize it to their own tastes, and then donate the shelf-stable food packages to two local pantries: the Kendall County Community Food Pantry and the Helmar Lutheran Church Food Pantry.
“This group of 12 young leaders are community-minded and caring,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Program Coordinator. “In addition to wanting to help hungry neighbors, they wanted to provide a positive example for younger youth. They also worked hard to make the event fun with games and prizes.”
This year’s fundraiser was a new format, as the 4-H teens chose to do a roller skating activity called Skate 4 Charity. More than 65 skaters from 12 4-H clubs participated. Pictured are some of the 4-H Teen Federation members at the event: (from back, from left) Lydia Oker, Marcus Motchnik, Will Davis, Braden Caraynoff-Huber, Ava Rittgers, and Gianna Motchnik. Rittgers also earned a prize for collecting the most money for the event. Special thanks to the Heartland Bank and Trust Company and Kendall County 4-H Foundation for supporting the event and donating prizes.
To learn more about 4-H and U of I Extension in Kendall County, visit go.illinois.edu/KendallCounty4H