Every month, FFA chapters across the nation are doing their part to fight hunger. And every month, we’re honored to celebrate them.
This month’s recognition goes to Arkansas’ Elkins FFA Chapter. Members of the chapter in the northwest corner of the state helped to donate the equivalent of 1,306 meals as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge.
The Elkins FFA members hosted a canned food drive in tandem with an annual FFA Agriculture Awareness Day that hosed elementary students. At the event, the young students had a chance to meet and learn about the animals being raised in several supervised agricultural experience projects.
Additionally, the chapter planted 108 Arkansas Traveler tomato plants in 5-gallon buckets and donated them to a local food bank complete with a brochure that described the project, the tomato variety and care instructions. The chapter hopes each plant will generate 15 pounds of produce.
The FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge is a national, year-long program that will donate 2.5 million meals across the country before the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo this fall. FFA members use a “See It, Solve It, Share It” approach to learn about and tackle hunger issues. The FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge is part of the National FFA Organization’s “Feeding Our World – Starting At Home” movement that is compelling students to understand the issues and effects of hunger.
Students then take action to support the human right to safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food as a means of reducing hunger at home and abroad, starting with a look at the U.S. The first step is to educate teachers and students about domestic and global food insecurity. The second is to organize hunger relief efforts that give FFA members opportunities to apply what they have learned to fight hunger and promote food security for all.
Several sponsors graciously assist FFA in these efforts, including Land O’ Lakes, Inc., Monsanto, RAM Trucks, Tractor Supply Co., the Nationwide Insurance Foundation and Elanco.