4-H Cherokee County and Cherokee County Council Members Help Local Families

posted on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Cherokee 4-H
4-H Cherokee County and Cherokee County Council Members volunteered their time helping local families by organizing meal kits in time for the holidays.

“This was such a fun experience for our youth leaders,” said Debbie Erpelding, Youth Coordinator for Cherokee County.

These service-minded 4-H’ers planned, shopped and organized the baskets, then delivered to the local food pantry for distribution.

Cherokee 4-H was one of 40 student-based organizations that participated in the Ignite the Spirit program offered by Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

Ignite the Spirit is an extension of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s Operation Christmas Meal program and is aimed at increasing awareness of hunger locally and igniting the spirit of service by giving local student groups the tools—pork!—to help even more families during the holiday season.

As part of the program, FFA chapters and 4-H clubs also receive event kits with aprons and masks along with a check for $250 to purchase additional food for the meal.