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Black Hawk County 4-H members team up with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Black Hawk County Fair is underway at the National Cattle Congress Grounds in Waterloo. The 4-H clubs are collaborating with the food bank to fight hunger in the community.

The Black Hawk County 4-H Council bought 100 chickens for 4-H members to raise and donate to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

14-year-old Blake Drinovsky of Hudson got five of those broiler birds to raise with the chickens he plans to show at this year's fair.

"I get them feed and I water them. They eat it, and we have a little pasture they run around in. At night, I get them feed and water," said Drinovsky.

This is the second year 4-H members have teamed up with the food bank. Besides the chickens, there's also a "Feed the Need" display at Estel Hall to encourage food donations.

"Summer is one of our low donation periods of time, but yet it's probably the time of greatest need because kids aren't in school," said Barb Prather.

Barb Prather with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank said the organization serves 40,000 people a year. She said 40 percent of those people are children and 10 percent are seniors.

Last year, 4-Hers with the Black Hawk County Fair donated 196 pounds of food to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, which equals 163 meals.

"We're really grateful 4-H families and kids have really taken action to do something about a problem in our community," said Prather.

Prather said food donations like the ones collected during the Black Hawk County Fair can save families from having to choose between paying a bill or putting food on the table.

The fair goes through Saturday, July 26th. For a full list of events, click here.
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