BY MELANIE BUCK –
Local 4-H Clubs will take part in The Pack Shack the first Saturday in October as their One Day of Service project to kick-off National 4-H month. The Pack Shack is a service oriented non-profit organization that facilitates meal-packing parties for those in need. Assistant 4-H Organizer, Loren Frost explained, “Our goal was originally to pack 10,000 meals to be distributed locally. We have since been challenged to increase our goal to 20,000 meals.” Each meal costs just .25 cents.
Frost said that two local groups, the Mena Lioness Lions and the Polk County Master Gardeners have each donated $750 towards the project bringing their balance to $1,500. To pack 20,000 meals, the group needs to raise $5,000. “We are well on our way but we still need $2,100 to reach our goal,” said Frost. Area schools will benefit from The Pack Shack via the Backpack Program and they are looking for other area organizations that could receive meals as well. “We are already partnered with the school backpack programs, senior centers, Polk County Family Mission, God’s Feeding Hands, Acts of Love, Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, and Santas for Seniors. We want to help any group trying to help feed people. Let us know if you would like to participate,” said 4-H Coordinator Carla Vaught.
Frost said that anyone interested in assisting with the project, whether by donating their time or resources, or for your organization to receive meals, call 479-394-6018.
Also on October 3rd, there will be a dedication ceremony for the new 4-H Building at located next to the Polk County Extension Office and The Pack Shack Feed the Funnel party will also be held to pack the much needed meals. The events start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, and all are invited to celebrate the dedication of the 4-H Building that has been almost a decade in the making. A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be performed.