Putnam 4-H Junior Leaders Provide Non Food Items

Six local pantries who are all members of the Putnam County Food Pantry Coalition came to the Purdue Extension Putnam County office last week to pick up non-food pantry items. These items included soaps, shampoos, skin care and other products to help local residents who are current pantry clients.

The Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders obtained a $1,000 grant from the Nola Gentry Trust Fund of the Indiana 4-H Foundation. Nola Gentry was a very strong supporter and advocate of Indiana 4-H, who resided in Tippecanoe County, and had served on many boards including the Indiana 4-H Foundation prior to her passing in 2018. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation announced that Nola Gentry Trust funds up to $1,000 per county had been earmarked for county applications while funds lasted.

Purdue Extension Putnam County staff assisted with the Junior Leader grant application. Both Hendricks and Putnam counties were successful in receiving funds and Purdue Community Wellness Coordinator, Mindy Duckett assisted by placing a $2,000 bulk pallet order and splitting the economically purchased items equally between both counties based on their needs for particular products. As Junior Leader event coordinator, Kim Beadles in her role as Education Program Coordinator worked with Mindy to set up a pick-up day for the food pantries arranging Junior Leader members to help sort and load items into vehicles.

This function was important since many events like Supermarket Sweep that the Junior Leaders had helped with last year were canceled this year due to the pandemic. These pantries were able to receive these items when they were really beginning to need these particular types of items.

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Junior Leader members Sonora Erwin, Emma Summers and Kedrick Coon help load nonfood pantry items while Purdue’s Mindy Duckett and Kate Berry of St. Andrews NonFood Pantry share conversation. (courtesy photo).

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Article submitted by Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Educator.

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