Health Care Workers at the Milbank Area Hospital Avera and Avantara Milbank were treated to a complimentary meal the weekend of November 21. William Karels, Grant County 4-H member and State 4-H Ambassador coordinated the event to thank the workers fighting on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.
William was able to secure grants to help pay for the event. Grants were sponsored by Catholic United Financial Service Grants4good, Thrivent Financial, South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association, and the Grant County 4-H Junior Leaders.
The Health Care Workers were treated to a meal of chicken tetrazzini with broccoli and a cupcake. Cupcakes were made by fellow county 4-H junior leader Hope Karels of HK cupcakes. 200 meals were served to workers. Volunteering youth decorated the ready to bake meal boxes with thank you messages, packed the meals, and delivered them to the locations around Milbank.
Prior to the cooking on Saturday, November 21—high school aged participants were taught nutrition, safe cooking techniques, proper measuring, and my plate including serving sizes. William shared this knowledge from his 10 years of participation in the 4-H Special Foods project.
William thanks the following individuals for helping with the event. High School students: Hope Karels, Ellie Neugebauer, Savanna Osowski, Matti Scott, Cailey Sime, Amaya Street, Maurina Street. Adult assistants were: Sara Koepke (Grant County 4-H Advisor) and Susan Karels. A big thanks to the Shady Beach staff including Heidi, Jake, and Hattie Muellenbach.