Feeding the needy

  • Aaron Dufelmeier, U of I Extension Director for Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun counties, joins the effort.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
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  • Members of the Berea Ag 4-H Club of Alexander cheer as they complete a box with the 36th meal.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • Seven-year-old Addy Dennis of Arenzville fills a bag. She was volunteering with the Neighborhood Guys and Gals 4-H Club of Winchester.


The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • Volunteers add portions of rice, soy and seasonings.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • More than 75 volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun counties were on hand to put together meals at the 4-H Building at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • 4-Hers eat samples of a casserole at the start of the workday.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • Todd Becker, of Jacksonville, stacks the 31st box of the night, the point which the program surpassed one million meals.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • 4-Hers bring a box up to help the program surpass its millionth meal.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404
  • More than 75 volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun counties were on hand to put together meals at the 4-H Building at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

The one millionth meal for families in need was packaged by 4-H volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million mark.

Wednesday 4 April 2018
Photos by Steve of Warmowski Photography for The Source http://www.warmowskiphoto.com 217.473.5581 - 180404

Photos and story by Steve Warmowski

The one millionth meal by a 4-H program to feed families in need was packaged by volunteers Wednesday evening at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville. The state-wide program to help feed the needy started in 2013, with 4-H members and others packaging the meals. Volunteers from Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun were on hand to put together meals Wednesday. The 31st box of the night pushed the program past the one million meal mark.

More than 75 volunteers helped Wednesday. Local 4-H groups raised more than $1,500 to purchase the ingredients, with an additional $1,500 grant from the Illinois 4-H Foundation and Evelyn Brandt Thomas.

Sidebar/Food Facts

One in five Illinois children experience hunger weekly. More than 270,000 Illinoisans live in food deserts. Access to heathy food has a major impact on overall health and well-being of individuals and families. – Source: U of I Extension

Rates of food insecurity (experience hunger weekly)

12.8% Greene County

12.7% Morgan County

11.7% Scott County

11.5% Calhoun County

8.8% Cass County

Source: Feeding America

Poverty Rate

14.3% Morgan County

14.2% Scott County

12.9% Cass County

17.1% Greene County

12.6% Calhoun County

Source: Data USA

Illinois 4-H members are building food-secure communities through mobile food markets, meal-packaging events, backpack food programs, community meals and community gardens.

27% of the 12,779 youth in Cass, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Calhoun counties are involved in the 4-H program (3,387 youth)

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