aynesville students were among the more than 9,500 FFA members, advisors and guests who took part in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger, Oct. 24-26, in Indianapolis. One million meals were packaged in just 20 hours, with half of the meals staying in the Indianapolis area and the half going to Haiti. The rally was a highlight of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Working with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, FFA members from across the nation assembled meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition.
Members of the Waynesville FFA chapter that participated included Jake Tallant, Garrett Peters, Jordan Laughlin, Trever Breedlove, Caleb Rowden, Ethan York, Tyler Partridge, Taylor Rawlings, Mariyah Kennedy and Hunter Carroll.
The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger was sponsored in part by Dow Agrosciences; Elanco; Farmers Feeding the World; Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Monsanto; Tyson Foods, Inc.; American Family Insurance; Archer Daniels Midland Company; BKD CPAs and Advisors; Cargill; Hormel Foods Corporation and Pacers Sports & Entertainment as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
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.