The member pantries of the Shiawassee Hunger Network and the Board of Directors of Shiawassee United Way wish to thank the community members and businesses who donated fair auction animals to the Shiawassee Hunger Network. There are not words to describe the appreciation felt by local pantry volunteers who see weekly the devastation that hunger causes in the lives of so many people who live in Shiawassee County.
A special thank you to the Junior Livestock Association, the Small Animal Association, Shiawassee County Farm Bureau, and the Shiawassee County Fair Board of Directors whose cooperation made all of this possible. We also wish to highlight and thank Shiawassee County 4-H and Future Farmers of America Club members and their advisors for their efforts to ensure that quality animals were brought to auction.
A total of 121 animals were donated this year to the Hunger Network. This resulted in $30,956.04 of earnings for local 4-H and FFA youth in Shiawassee County. The meat from these animals will be distributed throughout Shiawassee County to help people who cannot afford this necessity. Last year, Hunger Network pantries collectively distributed over 186,500 complete meals to families throughout the county. Many of these families have employed adults whose wages still leave them living in poverty.
If hunger is a root cause of poverty that you would like to address, send a donation to: Shiawassee United Way, 123 S. Washington St., Owosso, MI, 48867, and indicate “Hunger Network” in the notes section of your check or donate online, through a secured site, at shiawasseeunitedway.org. If you would like to be a part of securing this important 4-H, FFA, and United Way partnership for the future, an investment has been established at a local Edward Jones office. Contact Dave Minarik of Edward Jones at (989) 729-1313 to be a part of the Hunger Network Legacy Fund.
Independent Retta Parsons, CEO, Shiawassee United Way