This is your online resource for the 4-H H.E.L.P. (Hunger Elimination Leadership Program) project. The record sheet is below. If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.
*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the requirements for this project:
4-H member must fill out a record sheet to be turned in with the green/white record book.
This project is designed to help you become an active member in your community by taking a stand against hunger. You will learn about food deserts and what the dangers of living in one are. By the end of the project you will have gained the knowledge, skills, and experience to make a difference not only in your own life, but in the lives of those around you.
Level 1 (Grades 3-5)
Volunteer at a local food pantry, community diner, or participate in a food drive. You can also host a food drive and donate the goods to a HELP food pantry, or any food pantry of your choice.
Exhibit: A poster focusing on one thing you learned from your project manual and your take-action project that will help fight hunger in your community.
Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
Build an at-home garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables for your house or for someone you know in the community that doesn’t have quick access to fruits or vegetables.
Exhibit one of the following:
- Poster with pictures of your garden, the steps required to shop for, build, plant, and take care of your garden.
- A poster describing what a food desert is, what it means to live in one, how it can affect people and what we can do to help.
- A pamphlet to be distributed with instructions on how to shop for, build, plant, and take care of a garden at home.
- A poster on your research surrounding food insecurities in your area. Include what it means to be food insecure, resources that are available to those people, how to help, and possible solutions to end food insecurity.
- A poster or model describing your take-action community service project (approved by the Purdue Extension Office) to help battle hunger near you.
Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
This level of the project is designed to make an impact on the community, city or county. Your options are varied and it is up to you to be creative! You have the option to implement a composting system somewhere in the community, develop a pamphlet on how/what to compost, build a Little Food Pantry, or create your own project.
Exhibit one of the following:
- Poster describing your composting project (pictures, location, materials, why it is useful and how it helped with food waste or hunger).
- A pamphlet that can be handed out or put in a local store/school that describes the pros and cons of composting, how to build a composting container, and what to do with your compost.
- A composting model (12”x12”x12”) or poster that would educate the public.
- A poster showcasing the prep, building, painting, and the placing of a H.E.L.P. Little Food Pantry.
- A poster that presents any other project which receives approval from the Purdue Extension Office.