FFA and Farm Journal Foundation combat hunger
Indianapolis was buzzing with corn gold and national blue in late October as FFA members from across the nation converged for the 84th Annual National Convention. Among the hustle and bustle of workshops, career development events and networking with fellow FFA members, students had the chance to learn about a new grant that will help them fight hunger in their communities.
Whether it is raising laying chickens to donate eggs to the local food bank or providing a hospital with fresh produce from a community garden, FFA members are using their service learning opportunities to feed the hungry.
Uniting the National FFA Organization’s Feeding the World—Starting at Home program with the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World initiative, the two organizations hope to help America’s youth fight world hunger in a localized grassroots campaign that will allow them access to additional funding for such projects.
"FFA members are the future farmers, ranchers, scientists and agribusiness leaders who will feed our growing world population," says Farm Journal Foundation chairman Andy Weber. "Through this new partnership, FFA members will waste no time by starting to eradicate hunger in their local
communities while they are still in school—and Farmers Feeding the World looks to help give them the tools they need to succeed."
How to apply. In the new partnership, Farmers Feeding the World, with matching funds from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, will provide a minimum of $500,000 annually to sponsor 130 local chapter grants.
"FFA: Food for All" will allow the more than 7,700 FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to apply for up to $2,500 to develop and initiate a sustainable hunger program. The service learning projects can occur locally or worldwide and must take place from February through November 2012.
The grant applications are due Dec. 15, 2011, and funding announcements will be made in early February 2012. Throughout November, FFA will host technical assistance webinars to help chapters learn how to prepare and write their grant applications. Visit www.FFA.org/FoodforAll for the grant application and webinar details.