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Maine 4-H Days participants to pack meals for food bank

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ORONO — Maine 4-H Days begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Road, Windsor, with volunteers packing 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank.

At least 100 volunteers registered for Maine 4-H Days are needed to pack the meals, which will be distributed to youth from Kittery to Fort Kent. More than 15 percent of Maine's population, or 206,000 people, experienced food insecurity in 2012, according to Feeding America. Of those, more 64,000 or 24 percent, were children. Outreach, Inc. (www.EndHungerNE.org) is coordinating the volunteer opportunity.

Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation, runs through Sunday, June 22. Enrichment workshops include archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and numerous animal-related topics. An ice cream social and a law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.

Weekend registration is $7 per person, $20 per family. For information about the food-packaging event, contact Sarah Sparks at (207) 353-5550 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about Maine 4-H Days, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd at (207) 581-3877, 1-800 287-0274 (in Maine) or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration materials and more information are available online umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/.

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