By Alexis Newman
As Thanksgiving approaches, it may be close to time to plan the menu for Thanksgiving dinner, and sweet potato fans have the perfect opportunity to stock up with 4-H’s current fundraiser.
For $30, anyone who fills out an order form can get a 40 pound box of locally grown sweet potatoes. The vegetables come from a farm in the northeast region of Louisiana owned by Jason Ables. A 4-H volunteer, Mika Bourgeois, will pick up the sweet potatoes and bring them back to the 4-H office in Ruston, and on Nov. 18, they will be available for distribution.
The proceeds go directly back to the 4-H Youth Development Program. Lincoln Parish’s program agent Amanda Simmons said that the funds benefit the youth involved in the organization and the volunteers who help make everything happen.
“The money raised from the sweet potato sale goes right back into the 4-H program to provide quality positive youth development educational programming that is research-based to the youth of Lincoln Parish,” Simmons said. “We provide life skills education, character education, leadership skills and we conduct service learning with focused service projects. The funds are also used to recognize and reward our youth and volunteers.”
This fundraiser doesn’t only benefit the youth, though. Simmons listed two other parties who can reap rewards from this opportunity: the customers who purchase the sweet potatoes and the farmers who provide them.
“In this region, sweet potatoes are a very popular menu item for the holidays,” Simmons said. “Sweet potatoes are a healthy choice for your menu as well. We choose to do this fundraiser this time of year to provide a quality option at a good price for everyone to have sweet potatoes to eat. It is a fundraiser that benefits the agricultural industry while also benefiting our youth of Lincoln Parish.”
To find the order form that must be filled out, go to the Lincoln Parish 4-H Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LincolnParish4H, or call the 4-H Office at 318-251-5134 to receive an order form by email.
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