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Q&A: 4-H food drive

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Johnson County 4-H clubs collected food last week as part of a second yearly food drive and now are challenging fairgoers to match or beat their total of 456 pounds of food.

Johnson County fair advertising superintendent Jennifer Townsend answered some questions about the drive:

Tell us about the food drive conducted by 4-H members.

A: This is the second year for it. The way it kind of happened last year it was a 4-H initiative, they challenged all the 4-H organizations in the state, and all the county fairs were challenged to have their own food drive. I kind of broke away from the association and did our own. All the food goes to one centralized location, and then the state determines where they need to send it. I wanted to make sure it all stays locally.

4-H members raised 456 pounds of food. How does that stack up compared to last year?

A: I believe that was down about 20 pounds from where it was last year, but I also had nine 4-H clubs participate this year, which was an increase. A lot of counties I’ve heard they just did it one year, that’s kind of why I did my own thing. I kind of want to make this annual.

Where is the food donated after being collected during the fair?

A: It goes to The Refuge in Greenwood, the Interchurch Food Pantry (Franklin) and the Lord’s Locker (Trafalgar). They hit the north, central and southern parts of the county.

Where can people drop off donations to try to beat the 4-H members and how long do they have

to donate?

They have until Saturday, until the end of the fair. Their booth is in the commercial tent, and there is a banner that just says “Johnson County 4-H takes a bite out of hunger.” There is also a box for monetary donations.

What kind of items are being

collected and are there any specific items that are more in need than others?

Anything nonperishable. One thing I did hear them say is boxed rice or really anything like that. Toiletries are also OK to donate.

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