Participants in Pitt County’s Meals on Wheel program received a bonus this month, courtesy of the local 4-H council.

Twenty-five youth and 15 adults recently gathered to prepare 240 senior bonus bags filled with food, educational materials and a greeting card, said Lauren Dail, 4-H Youth Development extension agent.

“They saw a need in a community that is underserved,” Dail said. “It something to give back to our seniors and to show them love throughout the year.”

The project began one year ago when a 4-H member who also is a Girl Scout was working on her Silver Project. The project requires a scout to implement a sustainable community service project, Dail said. After several presentations, the Pitt County 4-H County Council decided to continue the project, Dail said.

The project’s goal is to assist and educate seniors by giving them information on healthy living and nutritional snacks, Dail said.

This month’s bag included oatmeal, water, granola bars, cheese crackers, ramen noodles and educational materials about food safety and food tips for people with diabetes. The bags are prepared quarterly and the contents change with the seasons, Dail said.

Meals on Wheels provides weekday delivery to individuals age 60 and older who are homebound, unable to prepare their own meals and have no one else to cook for them. The meals meet one-third of the recommended daily allowance for vitamins and nutrients, according to the Pitt County Council on Aging website.

Members of the 4-H county council raise money to purchase supplies. This month’s donations came from Sam’s Club, South Pitt and Mane Challengers 4-H Clubs. Past donations of supplies have come from Practicon, Walgreens and Fred’s Foods.

Twenty-five youth and 15 adults from Southern Pitt, Mane Challengers, Pitt County All-Stars, Farmville Wildlife Competition Team and East Carolina 4-H assembled this month’s bags, Dail said.

Individuals interested in donating to the bonus bags program can contact Dail at 902-1712​​ ​​or Kim​ ​Gaylord,​ ​Southern​ ​Pitt​ ​4-H​ ​leader,​ ​717-9543.