Tailgate Talk: FFA’ers Put Ingenuity and Creativity to Work

November 10, 2012 08:45 AM
Tailgate Talk: FFA’ers Put Ingenuity and Creativity to Work

Two members of the Cedar Key, Fla., FFA chapter (front, from left), Lauren and Sarah Bartholemy, presented clam appreciation awards to (back, from left) Brian Hogue, Farm Journal Foundation; Dwight Armstrong, National FFA Organization; Howard W. Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation; and Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Foundation. The blue and gold clam medallion is a nod to Cedar Key’s heritage as the nation’s leading clam producer.

The Cedar Key, Fla., FFA chapter is a wonderful example of the students who wear the blue and gold. The group, led by adviser Dennis Voyles, developed four ambitious efforts that supply fish, pork and vegetables to a community food pantry. All of that was accomplished with resourceful creativity and a $2,500 FFA: Food For All grant.

Lauren Bartholemy, chapter president, and her sister Sarah shared the group’s experience—and their passion for fighting hunger—at a recent World Food Prize breakfast hosted by Farmers Feeding the World.

The grant was one of 140 provided through a program supported by Farmers Feeding the World, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the National FFA Organization.

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