4-H members Addy Battel and Pearl Daskam of Michigan start an organization called Meating the Need for Our Village to provide meat, milk and eggs to local food pantries who in turn distribute the food to those in need. "4-H Inspires Kids to Do" is produced by NBC News Learn in partnership with the 4-H Organization.
4-H Inspires Kids to Do -- Addy Battel & Pearl Daskam
PEARL DASKAM, Meating the Need for Our Village: My name is Pearl Daskam and I'm from Ubly, Michigan. I live on my family's small farm. And yeah, we're really involved in agriculture and in the community as well.
ADDY BATTEL, Meating the Need for Our Village: My name is Addy Battel. I'm from Cass City, Michigan, which is right in the thumb.
BATTEL: I live on my family farm in Cass City. I've done just about everything I can through 4-H. I became a regular member or a clover bud member when I turned five.
DASKAM: I started 4-H when I was about six or seven. I work a lot with MSU extension, both at the county fair and in the project, Meating the Need for Our Village.
DASKAM: Meating the Need for Our Village was started when Addy, myself, and two of our other friends volunteered at one of our local food pantries and saw that what was being given out was things like cans of peanut butter and tuna for their source of protein for three days.
BATTEL: We found that 17% of Cass City was food insecure at the time. And that statistic really struck us, and that's when we decided that we wanted to do something and that's when we realized that since high quality protein was an issue, we knew that we could raise animals and satisfy that need. We started with broiler chickens at both of our houses. And we took those to be donated at the food pantry. And since then, it's just grown.
DASKAM: We're going to be packing boxes that will then go to the customers of the pantry. We'll help by putting some milk and eggs and some meat in their boxes. Those will go directly to the customers of the pantry and we'll be there to help hand them out and pack them. A lot of the kids from our 4-H club have helped us, the local FFA chapter, some of our homeschool friends as well, and members of the community have always been very willing to reach out to us and to help us and volunteer.
BATTEL: Now every time we do really anything, every time we bring milk to the food pantry or every time we help out, somebody is there saying, "I love what you're doing. Can I help you out more?" And it just spreads like wildfire. We have made a $60,000 economic impact on our community. That's calculated based on the value of the things we've donated. So that's 200 dozen eggs, 2,000 gallons of milk, and over 10,000 pounds of meat.
DASKAM: Tonight, we’re going to learn a little bit about nutrition and also do an activity that will help these families at the food pantry.
Being able to cofound Meating the Need for Our Village has made me feel inspired. It has taught me that I can have a positive impact on my community and those around me through 4-H and through working with my passion.
BATTEL: Cofounding Meating the Need for Our Village-- makes me feel fulfilled to know that people in our community are receiving high quality sources of protein. Youth in our community are empowered and inspired to know that whatever they choose in their future, they can do things that make a real difference in their community.
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