What began as a social media challenge quickly became a multi-county challenge among 4-H programs in Iowa, and Jefferson County 4-H was one of several counties that chose to participate.
Throughout the month of November, Jefferson County Clover Kids, 4-H Clubs, volunteers and families were challenged to donate 10 gallons of milk to the local food pantry, The Lord’s Cupboard. Not only did the challenge create some competition among 4-Hers, but it also had great benefits. Milk gallon purchases supports dairy farmers who work tirelessly to provide quality nutrition to consumers.
“When I heard of the 10 Gallon Challenge happening across county 4-H programs, I knew this was something I wanted to encourage Jefferson County 4-H to participate in,” said Rachel Fishel, Jefferson County youth coordinator. “I grew up on a dairy farm so I know firsthand how exhausting and stressful the market is for dairy farmers. This challenge was just a small way we could show our support.”
Donating the gallons of milk also provided a nutritious beverage for local Jefferson County families.
“The 10-gallon Challenge benefited The Lord’s Cupboard in such an exciting way,” said Laura Cohen, executive director of The Lord’s Cupboard. “Milk is probably the number one thing we are asked for on a daily basis, so fresh milk donations are a wonderful addition to our offerings.”
In total, Jefferson County 4-H donated 48 gallons of milk to The Lord’s Cupboard. Responsible for the donations include: MindSet 4-H, Walnut Ridge Workers 4-H, Fairfield Clover Kids, Future Forgers 4-H and the Paul and Kristin Miller family.
Across the state, 10 counties participated, with Iowa 4-H members donating a total of 626 gallons of milk.
For information about the 10 Gallon Challenge or Jefferson County 4-H, contact Fishel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 472-4166.