Members of the Henderson County 4-H Club remain busy year round with a wide range of activities and Kiwanis Athens on Tuesday heard from two people who recently traveled for special events.ts.
Anna Cole and Andrew Childress told the Tilo’s crowd about a few programs involving fish and food.
Cole recently traveled to Corpus Christi for Coastal Brigade, which is part of the nonprofit Texas Brigade program. This is a five-day conservation leadership camp available to students aged 13-17.
âThroughout camp they teach us different things,â Cole said. “One of them is the casting, how to use a fly fishing rod and how to cast different types of reels.”
One night they went fishing and the next day they entered a competition to see who could land the longest fish.
Students keep journals throughout the week to share what they have learned about coastal life.
At the end of the week, the journals are collected and classified.
Throughout the week there are many competitions and a focus on leadership and team building.
On the last evening, the students created posters and tri-fold panels about something they found particularly interesting.
âMine was on sawfish,â Cole said.
This is the second year that she has attended the Brigades. The first time, she chose Bass Brigades. When she returns next year, she plans to get away from the water and participate in the Buckskin Brigade.
Childress has been in 4-H since he was in Clover Kids about 11 years ago. He recently participated in a program called âfood povertyâ.
To achieve food security, you must have access to nutritionally adequate foods.
âIf you have a pantry full of cookies, crisps, or candy bars, it won’t meet your daily requirement for the vitamins you need,â Childress said.
In the United States, 12% live in food poverty.
Childress said parts of the United States are food deserts, which means you’ll have to travel several miles to get the kind of food you need.
âThere may be a grocery store just 20 miles away, but people may not have a car or have low incomes, or there may be a high crime rate,â Childress said.
One topic presented by Childress to the State Roundup was “Food Swamps”. This is where the area is inundated with fast food outlets or convenience stores, but no nearby sources of a well-balanced diet.
Millions of people are unable to buy healthy food because they do not have sufficient income. Globally, 40% of people live on $ 5.50 a day. Many of the working poor do not cross the poverty line despite their jobs, Childress said.
“According to the University of Chicago, COVID-19 increased the poverty rate by 2.4%”,he noted.