In the second year of the YMCA's Acres for Kids program, the Clinton YMCA is helping to reconnect the community to agriculture while also supporting local youth.
Darren Moser, who serves on the Clinton YMCA Board, indicates Acres for Kids is designed to help bridge the gap left by donations to the annual Strong Kids fundraising campaign. Producers plant donated seed and the profit is then donated to the YMCA.
Moser notes the efforts from producers can go a long way in the community. One bag of beans will provide one child with swim lessons for a year and one bag of corn is equivalent to one family membership.
In addition to partnering with producers, Acres for Kids also provides agricultural education to the children who attend the Y's summer program, Camp Osage. Rennie Cluver, YMCA Executive Director, says they wanted to offer an educational opportunity and so the kids learn where their food comes from.
Moser notes along Route 10 is an Acres for Kids plot. The plot is nonbiased and allows for advertising for the program and the different seed varieties available for producers in the program.
For producers and landowners who would like to participate in Acres for Kids for 2021, you can call the Clinton YMCA at (217) 935-8307. Moser indicates their participation from year one to year two grew and is hoping to continue that growth as they continue to gain momentum in the ag community.