INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 25, 2014/National FFA Organization) – A group of Washington high school students in Spokane is growing fruits and vegetables to donate to their school cafeteria and a local food pantry. Students in Greely, Colo., are mentoring refugee families by helping them grow container gardens and offset rising food costs.
Students in Rolesville, N.C., are raising hens and donating their eggs to low-income families. And Oklahoma students in Stillwater are raising livestock to provide fresh pork for an elementary food program.
The students – and thousands like them throughout the U.S. – are all FFA members utilizing grant monies to implement long-term, real-world solutions to ease hunger in their communities.
Nearly $300,000 of grants has been awarded through support of the National FFA Organization from RAM Trucks, Farmers Feeding the World, the Donaldson Foundation and Monsanto to start new service-learning projects or sustain existing programs they have created to fight hunger locally. More than 120 FFA chapters have received a $2,500 FFA: Food for All grant to develop and implement hunger solutions in their schools or communities this year.
All initiatives rely on FFA members and their chapters as a whole for implementation. In addition to providing food solutions, students also volunteer to help teach fellow students, grade-school students, residents and community groups how to care for, grow, prepare and preserve food.
Last year, 6,127 FFA members partnered with 8,224 non-FFA youth to volunteer a combined 156,163 hours in their communities to fight hunger. More than 207,000 pounds of fresh produce, meat and eggs were donated by FFA: Food for All grant recipients last year.
To learn more about what FFA chapters are doing with their grants to ease hunger in their communities, visit FFA.org/FoodForAll.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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
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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 agricultural 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 every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit