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 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
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.
On June 20, 2013, six upper-level collegiate FFA members will gather to begin a nineteen-day experience learning firsthand about the challenges of life and agriculture in one of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso, as part of the FFA Global Outreach: Africa program (FFA GO: Africa).
Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Download the FFA GO: Africa application.
Following an orientation in Washington, DC, the team and their adult leader will fly to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to learn about the life-sustaining development work that Catholic Relief Services and its partners are doing throughout the country.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel region of Africa. With most of the economy engaged in mining and agriculture, especially cotton, Burkina Faso’s economy is highly susceptible to fluctuations in world commodity prices and natural disasters. Since most farmers engage in subsistence farming, recurring prolonged droughts and severe floods have led to widespread food shortages. In addition, current instability in Mali has led to an influx of refugees, adding to the populations’ already vulnerable state. Coupled with limited access to health care and education, it is difficult for most Burkinabé to meet even their most basic needs.
Hunger effects everyone.
It causes suffering, creates conflict and prevents us from moving forward.
As future agricultural leaders, we are uniquely positioned to make a difference and make hunger a thing of the past.
Please watch this video, to learn more about how you can help end hunger with FFA: