4-H Support Leads to More Community Good

4-H Kids on the Farm. Source: Chad Ray.
4-H Kids on the Farm. Source: Chad Ray.

By Kay Whatley, Editor

Raffle tickets sold to raise funds for a Louisburg NC 4-H Club ended up being a boon for a local food bank, when the raffle winner gave her winnings to Franklin Feeds.

Raffle tickets sold for the 4-H offered an opportunity to win a $500 “meat card” for grass fed, organic beef from Ray Family Farms, which hosts the 4-H club. Raffle tickets were sold in the months leading up to a May 12, 2016, 4-H fundraising Farm-to-Fork Dinner. Both the raffle ticket sales and the dinner ticket sales raised funds for The Dirt Club 4-H, based in Louisburg NC.

For the raffle, the 4-H club members, the farm, and local supporters sold tickets. It was for a good cause, and the chance to win a nice supply of meat was tempting.

When the time came for the 4-H farm-to-fork dinner on May 12, the 4-H club and organizers Chad and Jodi Ray welcomed 225 dinner guests, along with 75 4-H kids and parents, to a night of fresh foods and fun auctions.

The food was prepared by Austin Murray with Cook Shack Catering. A main feature of the meal was six steamship rounds of beef from Ray Family Farms.

During the dinner, two 4-H seniors were awarded scholarships to study agriculture — one to NC State and one to Oklahoma State.

As the May 12 dinner was ending, it was time for the raffle drawing.  One winner was selected. What happened next, surprised everyone.

According to Chad Ray, “At the end of he night we drew a name for our winner of the $500 meat card. When I called the winner I could not believe what she said. She told me to donate her winning $500 to Feeding Franklin in hamburger to feed the hungry. My cup runneth over, my friends.”

Zebulon resident Susan Aceti was elated when she heard the news.  Susan was one of the local 4-H club supporters who sold raffle tickets. In fact, she sold the ticket that ended up with the anonymous winner!  Susan praised her friend and said, “…imagine how much good Feeding Franklin will be able to do with all that food!”

Feeding Franklin Inc., organized in 2016 with Board members from the area, works with Franklin County NC residents and farmers to get food to local folks who need it. Their plans are described as:

Feeding Franklin will operate exclusively for collecting and distributing food – primarily nonperishables – for/to the hungry in Franklin County; for establishing community partnerships to promote and grow local foods through a network of pantries and related parties and to educate about nutrition, local foods and food sustainability. Feeding Franklin will promote and support additional efforts within human services deemed appropriate by the board of directors to support needs of the impoverished in Franklin County relative to basic needs.

In addition to taking food donations, such as the recent raffle winner’s $500 beef donation, the organization works with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on a large community garden in Louisburg NC. Planting at the community garden began in April 2016.

The Dirt Club 4-H, a Franklin County group that meets at Ray Family Farms, holds open enrollment in January and February. Meetings are held in the farm’s barn, 6913 Pearces Road, in Louisburg NC — just outside of Bunn NC. The 4H club is for children ages 5-17, and they do not need to live in Franklin County to join. There are no fees, but kids may participation in annual fundraisers. Call Chad and Jodi Ray at 919.422.1365 for meeting details.

Feeding Franklins is on Facebook, with a website coming soon at feedingfranklin.com.

Ray Family Farms is on Facebook and at www.rayfamilyfarms.com.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.