132 FFA chapters receive national ‘FFA: Food For All’ grants to help fight hunger through service-learning projects

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, April 9, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – The National FFA Organization has awarded more than $320,000 in grant money for its 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.

Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, develop, and implement solutions to identified needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum.

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.

This grant opportunity was available to FFA chapters throughout the country for the first time in 2012. This year’s funding allows FFA chapters to apply for up to $2,500 to either create a new program around fighting hunger or use it to help supplement a program already in place. With funding, FFA chapters will develop community gardens to supplement fresh fruits and vegetables to the school or local food pantry; raise broilers to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families; host community workshops on container and backyard gardening and food preservation; create recipe books based around healthy eating of the foods that they will donate; and much more.

Last year, 10,603 FFA members volunteered 139,050 hours in their local communities to run new or sustain existing hunger-fighting programs. Their collective volunteer hours were valued at nearly $3.1 million work hours. In addition, FFA chapters donated more than 160,000 pounds of fresh produce, meat and eggs to their local communities.

FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

To find a participating FFA chapter in your area, visit www.FFA.org/FoodForAll for a list.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s primary mission is to combat hunger and improve the standard of living for vulnerable populations throughout the world. The Foundation invests in a full spectrum of initiatives to address global hunger and food insecurity including: direct humanitarian aid for populations in crisis; agricultural development for smallholder farmers, particularly women; livelihood improvement for smallholders through commercial market access; academic and field research to increase farmer productivity in resource-constrained contexts; and advocacy campaigns to sustain and scale best practices. Learn more at www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org.

About Farmers Feeding the World
Farmers Feeding the World is an ambitious initiative of the Farm Journal Foundation that looks to rally the agriculture industry around three critical needs: providing hunger relief, creating agricultural development through sustainable solutions and communicating the importance of modern agriculture in the fight against hunger. The Farmers Feeding the World initiative unites farmers, agribusiness and organizations to make a meaningful difference in those three areas. For more information, visit www.FarmersFeedingTheWorld.org.