Fair livestock auction helps youth and hungry

By: Staff report
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Each year Feed the Hungry of Auburn, a nonprofit local group, raises money from businesses, community groups and individuals to purchase 4-H livestock at the Gold County Fair and donates this meat to the Auburn Salvation Army Food Closet.

“This is one of the only sources of meat the food closet gets each year,” said Auburn Salvation Army Social Services Director Michelle Fish.

Local businessmen Craig Hollyfield and E. Ken Tokutomi started the Feed the Hungry program to help local kids over 20 years ago. Other organization members are Juanita Mercado, Delona Archer, Diane Felt, Jim Holmes, Angela Atteberry and Michelle Fish. This program was developed to help the 4-H and FFA kids sell their livestock at the auction. Last year this group bought three steers and eight hogs. This year’s auction at the Gold Country Fair is Sept. 8.

The foothills historically has had a rich and storied legacy in agriculture. The 4-H and Future Farmers of American programs encourage kids to share in this rich tradition. It also instills a number of characteristics that will definitely aid young people in becoming young adults. It creates responsibility, accountability and develops a work ethic.

“The Feed the Hungry program creates partnerships within the community,” said Tokutomi. “It gets business and community groups to invest in our kids. The livestock auction publicizes these businesses with announcements at the fair and in ads in the local newspaper. It teaches kids the value of hard work and connects them with the community. It provides the needy and working poor an avenue to receive meat from the Salvation Army Food Closet.”

Anyone interested in supporting this program, should contact Tokutomi at 530-613-5989, any of the committee members or come by the auction Saturday Sept. 12 and talk to Salvation Army Officers Jesse and Alina Poser and help them buy some animals. A tax-deductible donation can be made by mailing a check to Feed the Hungry of Auburn, C/O Kathy Kim, CPA,500 Auburn Folsom Road # 320, Auburn, CA 95603