NB 4-Hers helping food bank

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‘100 years of 4-H in Canada’ is being celebrated in 2013.

As part of the celebration 4-H Canada is promoting a national food drive that will see 4-Hers from coast to coast collect food and cash donations for their local food bank. 

In New Brunswick, 4-H is an educational program for young people between the ages of 6 and 21. It enhances knowledge, leadership, communication, personal development and citizenship skills through projects, activities and programs.  

The 4-H Clubs in the Western District area of NB are working together with Volunteer Family Services Food Bank to increase awareness, understanding and to inform others of what can be done to help alleviate hunger in that area of the province. In 2012 Volunteer Family Services’ food bank regularly served 380 people from Nackawic to River du Chute at a cost of $ 15,228 per month. It also worked with local schools to provide breakfasts on a regular basis.   

For the past five decades 4-H members have taken part in the Carleton County Spring Show and Sale. This year—the 50th anniversary—4-H members will raise 23 of the 39 animals registered for the event. The show and sale is being held April 8-10 at the Northern Carleton Civic Centre in Florenceville-Bristol.

Weighing in and tagging will take place on April 8 beginning at 5 p.m., the 4-H Judging Competition begins at 7:30. On April 9 Showmanship and Conformation classes start at 10:00 a.m.  The Awards Banquet at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bath is set for at 7:00 p.m. The Carleton County Spring Sale gets underway April 10 at 1:00 p.m.

The Charity Steer has been a highlight of the sale since 1993. This year 4-H alumnus Jeremy Brake and his daughter Caitlin (a 4-H Market Beef Project member) are raising the steer at Hillspring Farms Ltd.

Donated by all the exhibitors, the Charity Steer will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the Volunteer Family Services Food Bank. 

For more information on the 4-H portion of the Carleton County Spring Show and Sale, contact Steven Hunter at 392-8331 or sthunter@xplornet.ca



Organizations: Volunteer Family Services Food Bank, Family Services, Northern Carleton Civic Centre Knights of Columbus Hall Hillspring Farms Ltd.

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Carleton County, Western District Florenceville-Bristol Bath

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