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August 19, 2013

Fair guests donate $127,056 worth of food for the needy

GOSHEN —  Due to an overwhelming response by 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair guests, volunteers, vendors and 4-H’ers, $127,056.30 worth of food was collected during the fair.

These donations were raised to benefit the Food Bank of Elkhart County and their Seed to Feed program.

Rod Roberson, executive director of Church Community Services, recently accepted a monetary donation along with the non-perishable food items that were collected during the annual nine-day event, held July 19-27. Additionally, on July 26 at the 4-H livestock auction, 72 animals were donated to the CCS Seed to Feed program.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board joined forces this summer with fairs statewide in the Fairs Care food drive. The goal of the project was to raise awareness of hunger and help feed Hoosier families impacted by hunger.

The Fairs Care project was launched by Indiana State Fair. However, it is part of a much larger initiative. The International Association of Fairs and Expositions’ embarked on a “Dream Big” initiative, which is rallying fairs and fairgoers across the globe to help reach a goal of 20 million pounds of food to feed families by November. To find information on Dream Big initiative, visit www.fairsandexpos.com.

2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President Tim Yoder said, “The fair is evidence showing how our community can be ‘all in’ and support local programs from the 4-H auction to the Fairs Cares Food Drive. We look forward to enhancing this program for future fair dates and perhaps other community ‘all in’ events.”

On the Web:  www.4HFair.org or www.ChurchCommunityServices.org.

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