4-Hers create 100 Easter meals “On the Go”
For dozens of locals, this Easter was a brighter one, thanks to some local 4-H kids.
The Stillwater County 4-H Ambassadors’ Easter Dinner “On the Go” project was a success, with about 100 free meals going to local residents who may have gone without otherwise.
The four ambassadors – Nate Palmer and Alexis Schatz from Columbus, Andee Baker from Park City, and Jaden Bienvenue from Molt – reached out to senior centers across the area as well as Project Hope to get an idea of how many meals would be needed.
Then they, along with several 4-H Teen Leaders and a volunteer, spent the last couple days in March preparing complete Easter dinners including ham, mashed potatoes, baked beans, vegetables, jello, rolls, and apple pie. The completed meals were then distributed, with about 40 meals being hand-delivered by the 4-H members.
While an impressive 90-110 meals were prepared, Palmer said the group hopes to reach 160 meals next year.
Those receiving meals gave the 4-H Ambassadors positive feedback regarding the project. Palmer noted that while prepared meals for the winter holiday season are common in the area, he wasn’t aware that there had ever been prepared Easter meals.
The Ambassadors are planning to hold an Easter Dinner “On the Go” again next year, and according to Palmer, next year’s event is already partially financed.
To help fund the project, the 4-H Ambassadors accepted monetary donations from local businesses and individuals. Several hams were also donated, and the group ended up using only about half of the $1,200 raised to pay for the rest of the meal items. Palmer thanked all of the donors for their support, and he explained the extra money will be used for the project next year.