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4-H is “Hungry to Help”
Nash County 4-H will skip its annual 4-H Gala to instead give back to the community.

Sandy Hall, Nash County 4-H Extension Agent, said the Gala committee met and discussed whether it was appropriate to hold a Gala with the economy like it is.

“With the economic crisis and so many people suffering, they feel like maybe we should sit back on it a year,” Hall said.

The 4-H Gala has been held for the past two years to celebrate 4-H and the volunteers who have helped make Nash County 4-H what it is today. The past two events have featured inductions into the Nash County 4-H Hall of Fame.

Hall said the past two galas were successful and the event would likely be brought back but for now, the gala committee felt it was more appropriate to do something else.

Because 4-H statewide is participating in a campaign, Hungry to Help, Hall said the committee decided to find a way to join in with that campaign. Hungry to Help collects food items to donate to food banks in North Carolina.

“In lieu of the Gala, why don’t we do Hungry to Help and give back to the community,” Hall said.

A food drive will be held on Saturday, November 6 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in Rocky Mount. For those that stop by and bring three can food items, they will receive a free donut and cup of coffee. A similar drive will be held at Tractor Supply in Rocky Mount from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

4-H Clubs throughout the county are also collecting canned food items.

“We’re trying to make the collection so big, the food bank has to come to us to pick up,” Hall said. “We really feel like we’re going to have a good collection.”

Hall said in addition to the food drive, a benefit dinner will be held on Monday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Ag Center in Nashville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The dinner will consist of spaghetti, salad, bread sticks, dessert and tea provided by Pizza Inn. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Nash County Ag Center in the Cooperative Extension Office.

Craig Johnson will be the guest speaker for the event.

Nash County organizations that receive food from the food bank and in turn, give it to the community, were also invited to the event and will set up displays about their organizations.

“We’re hoping to have them here exhibiting so people can find out they exist,” Hall said.

In addition to the food that will be donated, Hall said at the end, she hopes to be able to write a check to the Food Bank. Hall added that ever dollar the Food Bank receives, it gives back times four.

“We’re hoping to write them a check to give them more buying power,” she said. “4-H will not receive a dime. This is what we’re doing to give back to the community.”

The dinner is open to the whole community but Hall said she hopes Nash County 4-H alumni will use this as an opportunity to give back.

“We’re really trying to get 4-H alumni,” she said. “This is your chance to give back.”

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