Florida FFA Chapter Earns Hunger Heroes Recognition

For the second time, a Florida FFA chapter has earned a national accolade for its efforts in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge.

Cedar Key FFA was selected as the January winner of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge for its most recent effort that involved more than 24 people donating 44 hours to deliver turnips to a local food pantry. The efforts were worth a staggering 3,175 meals to the pantry. Continue reading

FFA Chapters in Nebraska, Oregon Collect Food for Those in Need

FFA members in 2015 have made a commitment to donating 2.5 million meals to those in need across the country, and two chapters in Nebraska and Oregon have been recognized for their efforts through the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

73 FFA members participate in World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

The World Food Prize hosted 160 extraordinary high school students from 24 US states and territories, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, and Nigeria as delegates at the 20th Anniversary Global Youth Institute, Oct. 16-18, in Des Moines, Iowa — and 73 of them are FFA members.

The Global Youth Institute was started by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, and is known as one of the most unique and successful youth programs in the country. Continue reading

Ohio FFA Members Raise Chickens to Support Local Abuse Shelter

FFA member Eliza Hershberger makes a donation of fresh chicken to the Family Abuse Shelter’s Grant Coordinator Fawnda Cress.

The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County (Ohio) provides 24/7 support to those in the community suffering from abuse and homelessness. To perform its mission, the shelter requires assistance at every turn to help the community members. It operates solely on grants and donations.

FFA members at the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in Troy, Ohio, made helping the shelter a priority in a way they are uniquely qualified — by growing food that could be donated as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

FFA Chapter Aids Community Hit by Wildfire

In July, the largest wildfire in Washington history struck the state. Named the Carlton Complex fire, it burned out of control after being ignited by lightning strikes. One town — Pateros, Wash., — took on extensive damage.

That’s when the Battle Ground FFA chapter went in to action to help Pateros, a community more than five hours away. Continue reading

June Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Cedar Key FFA

FFA members from the Cedar Key FFA Chapter in Florida.

We’re excited to announce June’s winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge: Florida’s Cedar Key FFA Chapter!

To date, Cedar Key FFA has donated 7,000 pounds of fresh fish and vegetables to a community food pantry. The local area has dealt with the effects of the poor economy, the recent Gulf oil spill and a problematic red tide, leaving many in need. Continue reading

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