VIRGINIA – The Minnesota 4-H Ambassador has served as an example to other young people over the past half decade, stepping into involvement in community service and education projects.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Ambassador Young men of St. Louis County 4-H wants to help people who are struggling at the moment.
A group of about a dozen young men in Iron Range, from grade six and above, “want to do something to help the community with COVID-19 and decide on a food trip would be a good opportunity,” said Nicole Kudrle, an extension educator for 4-H and advisor to the regional ambassador.
This group has collaborated with Youth in Action, St. Louis County Extension, the Rutabaga Project and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency to conduct local food mobilization programs.
Non-spoiled food can be sent through Friday at Super One South in Virginia, all Zup Food Market locations, and at the AEOA building in Virginia.
Donations will be distributed at the Rutabaga Little Free Pantries Project located in Virginia at AEOA, the Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Hope Community Presbyterian Church, and at the Hoyt Lakes Municipal Building.
Pickups throughout the northern part of the county can be scheduled until Friday by calling 218-749-7120.
Little Free Pantries are mini outdoor food racks where people in need can pick up items that are not easily damaged and people can leave things for others.
“Monetary donations will be divided among local food banks,” Kudrle said. Checks can be paid to the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency and sent to Kelsey Gantzer, AEOA, 702 Third Ave. S., Virginia, 55792.
Louis County Food Drive North is dubbed, “a great way to pledge your hands for greater service.”
Kudrle said the 4-H Ambassador meets once a month and serves as a positive representative for others in 4-H.
Youth in Action is a service organization consisting of high school students in the Iron Range. Its mission is to promote youth leadership and produce positive change in northern Minnesota through partnerships with regional businesses, organizations and elected officials.
Kudrle said that young people involved in the food push would transport food to AEOA.
They have been “stuck at home” during the pandemic, and “children are excited to be able to do something during all this.”
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