NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — One of the many devastating challenges of COVID-19 has been the increased demand on food banks across the nation, paired with many families’ inability to donate like they historically would. This combination encouraged Somerset County 4-H Piano & Music Club to use their experience as community leaders to aid the Somerset Food Bank, and in turn, their neighbors in need.
As the teen leader of the club, Rohit Madikonda knew that now more than ever, their annual donation drive was needed in the community. With the help of club leaders and members Samyuktha Mohan, Vrithik Umapathy, Samyuktha Mohan, and Nelusha Dias, the Somerset County 4-H Piano & Music Club purchased over 162 food items for the Somerset Food Bank. Those items included:
6 Spaghetti Boxes, 20 Cans of Black Beans, 2 Jars of Peanut Butter, 3 Jars of Blueberry Jelly, 2 Boxes of Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal, 40 Pouches of Kool Aid Jammers Juice, 1 Apple Juice Bottle, 3 Packets of Macaroni, 5 Pounds of Green Beans, 10 Cans of Black Beans, 10 Cans of Chick Peas, 40 Pouches of Caprisun, 20 Sweet and Salty Cereal Bars, and a Large Carton of Chicken Noodle Soup.
All supplies purchased were personally delivered to the food bank with an emphasis that donations would be ongoing based on the urgent need for families in their community. Many of the club members felt an increased knowledge of teamwork, as well as the power of community service during times of need.
Somerset County 4-H is extremely proud of the work 4-H Piano & Music Club has put into this effort. Their commitment to community service, even in the most difficult times, showcases their true 4-H character, and places an emphasis on the incredibly empathetic leaders they have already become.
To learn more, read the full blog entry. about the Somerset County 4-H Piano & Music Club or to learn more about Somerset County 4-H, visit their website or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.