National FFA Organization launches long-term plan to help eliminate hunger Wednesday with million-meal rally

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Duane Brodt
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National FFA Organization
DBrodt@FFA.org
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Ed. Note: Visit this link for the online media kit of the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo.
https://www.ffa.org/Events/conventionandexpo/attendees/Pages/Media.aspx

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from all 50 states will take the first swing Wednesday of a long-term fight to help eliminate global hunger.

As a kickoff event of the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo, more than 10,000 FFA members, teachers, alumni and volunteers will work hour-long shifts from Wednesday through Friday and pack meals during the “FFA Rally to Fight Hunger.” The rally kicks off at 12:45 p.m. with public remarks at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Their collective goal: Create 1 million meals by Friday night. Gleaners will distribute the meals in a 21-county area in central and southeast Indiana.

“No one is better positioned to address hunger than FFA members who are tomorrow’s leaders who will provide food and nutrition for a growing planet,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong. “Hunger is the right issue for FFA and it is fully aligned with our values and vision. What FFA members learn in Indianapolis at our rally will prepare them to continue fighting hunger in more than 7,500 local communities – and beyond where relief and solutions are desperately needed.”

The rally will kick off the National FFA Organization’s global “Feeding the World–Starting at Home” initiative, a movement to help students understand the issues and effects of global hunger.

In support of the new initiative, on Thursday 35,640 pounds of chili with beans donated by Hormel Foods and more than 30,000 pounds of fresh turkey donated by Tyson Foods will be delivered to Gleaners Food Bank, 3737 Waldemere Ave., in Indianapolis. Hormel and Tyson have been corporate sponsors of FFA for 39 and 37 years, respectively.

“Feeding the World-Starting at Home” is sponsored in part by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Farmers Feeding the World, Land O’Lakes and Tyson Foods as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization 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 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.