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Coarsegold 4-H Serves Community

Submitted by Emma Hussey, Club Reporter

COARSEGOLD – The big county fair is over, so some people might wonder, what else does the Coarsegold 4-H do? A lot of people think that 4-H is only about animals, so I want to write about some other things that we do.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, our club helped to serve food at the New Community United Methodist Church’s weekly Community Meal.

Community Meals have been served at the New Community Church for over 10 years, even on Christmas Eve! Different churches take turns serving the food every week from the New Community United Methodist Church Kitchen. The first week’s meal is provided by the Evangelistic Church. On the second week, it is provided by the Episcopalian Church. The third and fourth weeks are provided by the New Community Methodist Church. If there is a 5th Wednesday, then the teen youth serve the meal that week.

Photo by Bryce ColanjpgPastor Helen and Mrs. Ginger Straugn, who is the meal coordinator, welcomed our group to Whittenburg Hall. Then, Mrs. Ginger gave all the kids hats and aprons and showed them where to go and what to do. The kids served in the serving line, gave water to the customers, and cleaned up the tables and kitchen when the dinner was over. Everyone had a great time and they said that we could come back to serve once a month, or more if we want, to help them again.

Pastor Helen and Mrs. Ginger want everyone in the community to know that you do not have to be homeless to come to dinner. You can come to make new friends while having a nice meal. The meal is free, but donations are accepted to help with the costs. The New Community Church also has a Thrift Shop that is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Money from the Thrift Shop goes to help with the Weekly Community Meal.

Thank you for reading my story. Keep reading my stories at least once a month to see what other things Coarsegold 4-H is doing.

Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at (559) 683-5149. Anyone can join! You don’t have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H; you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings.

logo4hNow you can also follow us on our new website at or Facebook. Our club meets every 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center.

4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.

The New Community Methodist Church is at 49223 Road 426 in Oakhurst. Call (559) 683-2652 if you want to know more information about their services.

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