Coming up with nearly 300,000 meals to feed hungry families. So what has your youngster been doing in the past few weeks?

Hats off to Missouri 4-H'ers as they've stepped up, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as they exceeded their 250,000-meal 4-H Feeding Missouri Food Drive goal for 2020.

In a press release from the University of Missouri extension, Marshall Stewart, University of Missouri vice chancellor for extension and engagement, says:

“You (4-H'ers) pulled together to inspire people in your community to continue to donate. And what an important cause this is — particularly this year, with every Missouri family and community impacted in some way by this pandemic.”

It was the $5 “Give a Hand” campaign in the drive’s final weeks that helped 4-H’ers raise the equivalent of 297,132 meals. The second annual 4-H Feeding Missouri food drive, in partnership with Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids, ran Jan. 1 through April 30.

If you'd like to help and be a part of the statewide effort, you can join the cause with the Show Me Resilience T-shirt Campaign, a collaboration of MU Extension, Missouri 4-H, Feeding Missouri and Missouri Farmers Care. The campaign will help to continue the fight against hunger in Missouri during these difficult times.

All profits from sales of #ShowMeResilience T-shirts directly benefit Feeding Missouri. Available for order through June 3 at

According to the Missouri Farm Bureau, "One in five Missourians face hunger, and the needs of those who are food insecure are on the rise. But together we are making a difference."

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