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4-H clover 4-H'ers can help build partnerships with their local food shelf

July 24, 2020
non-perishable foods

Thanks to a gift from Compeer Financial, Minnesota 4-H has a special Helping Hands Award opportunity available.

New data forecast a coming hunger crisis in Minnesota unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. Before the onset of COVID-19, 1-in-11 Minnesotans struggled to afford healthy food. By August of 2020, it’s expected that 1-in-8 will experience hunger. That's an increase of 275,000 Minnesotans—including 112,000 kids.

Food shelves across Minnesota expect a 65% increase in demand across both rural and urban communities through the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 as a result of challenging economic conditions tied to COVID-19.

This special round of Helping Hands Awards will support 4-H clubs and county 4-H programs that want to partner with a local food shelf or nutrition organization to organize a healthy food or essential supply drive in their community. Dollars could be used to purchase online advertising, create signage, or secure other items 4-H'ers might need to help them engage the public.

Submit an idea 

You can submit a project proposal online.

  • Projects can begin anytime and must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Most awards will be $150-500, exceptional ideas may receive more.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting Aug. 10, 2020.
  • Dollars will be disbursed as ideas are received until funds are exhausted.
  • Dollars must be used to engage the public and encourage volunteerism.
  • Dollars can not be used to buy food to be donated.
  • Dollars will be disbursed to federations or councils. 
    • If a 4-H club or afterschool program receives an award the federation or council will need to forward dollars to the specific group they support
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