May Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Verdugo Hills FFA

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It’s time to announce the May winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge!

This month’s winner is California’s Verdugo Hills FFA Chapter. Recently, FFA members from Verdugo involved thirty volunteers to quickly generate and donate 372 meals during the month.

Verdugo Hills sponsored a local food bank with 15 boxes of donated canned goods. Chapter members also earned donations and used those donations along with crops they grew to make hot breakfasts to feed local residents in need on the third Thursday of each month. Each week, they averaged 25-30 hot meals prepared and are working toward a goal of 50 meals per month. Continue reading

April Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Louisiana’s St. Amant FFA Chapter

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It’s time to announce the April winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge!

This month’s winner is the St. Amant FFA Chapter from Louisiana. Recently, FFA members from St. Amant volunteered for 48 hours to donate the equivalent of 9,282 meals.

St. Amant hosted a school-wide canned food drive and “dress down” day to both raise money and supplies for a local food bank. FFA members posted signs about hunger around the school to increase awareness and held a competition among home rooms to see who collect the most canned goods.  Continue reading

From 1 Million to 9 Billion: FFA Members are Feeding the World

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By Becca Harrison, National FFA Convention and Expo Newsroom Intern

Daniel Fields spent his senior year with Oklahoma’s Checotah FFA Chapter teaching kids in his community how to grow vegetables in gardens they had planted. They then distributed the produce among people in the community who were unable to plant gardens of their own.

Through the FFA: Food For All Grants program–now entering its third cycle–other FFA chapters around the nation like Fields’ are able to build similar hunger-fighting initiatives within their communities. Continue reading

FFA Members Aim to Make a Difference in a World Full of Hunger

FFA members pose with some "Hunger Heroes" in the National FFA Expo.

FFA members pose with some “Hunger Heroes” in the National FFA Expo.

By Kelly Fager, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Intern

Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve may be the words of the FFA motto but living out these words is one way to make a difference. With more than one billion hungry people in this world, FFA members are challenged to “Ignite” their passion to serve.

Attending “Global Hunger – Our Generation’s Challenge and Solutions” at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo was one of many opportunities to learn about hunger in this world.

Tessa Reis, an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, stressed that members are the next generation, and it’s up to this generation to make an impact. Continue reading

FFA: Food For All grants help fight hunger

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Great news! We  have awarded more than $320,000 in grant money through our FFA: Food For All program, which provides local FFA chapters throughout the U.S. funding to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs.

The initiative provided up to $2,500 to 132 chapters in 42 states this year to help local FFA chapters with their programs. All of the projects will rely on FFA members for implementation. In addition to providing food for local residents in need, FFA members will provide helpful information regarding the care, preparation and preservation of food.

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