The West Central FFA chapter has been awarded $2500 as part of the inaugural FFA: Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger relief projects.
The West Central FFA plans to help fight hunger by implementing several projects. Providing vegetable plants for family gardens with the understanding that extra produce grown by families will be donated to a local food pantry, the senior citizens center or the school lunch program. Secondly, planning and implementing a back pack program to provide nutritional weekend meals for children who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the school district. With 27% of the K-12 student population qualifying for free or reduced lunch, hunger is a problem in our community. We hope that our activities will increase awareness about hunger in our state and community.
The FFA: Food For All grant program is administered by the National FFA Organization, with funding provided by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The program provided $330,000 to FFA chapters in 41 states. More information about the program can be found at www.FFA.org/foodforall.
More information will be available on the Hunger Helpers website as plans are made.