Twelve-year-old Korbin Leddy issued a challenge for youth across the state to donate excess fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. He called his project Share the Harvest. Leddy’s 4-H club, Madison Junior Livestock, donated their produce to the Grant County Food Pantry.
The top contributors were awarded a $25 iTunes gift card. The winners were Trinity Eckberg and Cameron Rise. Trinity is a fifth-grader and the daughter of James Eckberg of Ortonville and Kilo Granda of Morris. Cameron is a fourth-grader and the son of Heather Rise of Milbank. “The two far exceeded everyone else,” Leddy said.
Eckberg and Rise raised the produce at a garden at Trinity’s dad’s house in Ortonville. Cameron’s mother said, “They made the decision to give to the pantry. This was a way to help people. I think they also wanted to get rid of some produce so they didn’t have to listen to me talk about all the canning I was doing, too.”
Leddy reported that approximately 250 pounds of fresh produce was donated to the cause. “Some adults helped out, too,” said Krecia Leddy, Korbin’s mother. “Overall, I think the project helped gain awareness.” “I will definitely do this again,” Korbin said.
Trinity Eckberg, Korbin Leddy and Cameron Rise.