INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter in Casstown, Ohio has been awarded $500 as part of the Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters and state FFA associations to support hunger service projects that help National FFA donate 3.5 million meals to communities in 2016.
The Miami East-MVCTC FFA plans to help fight hunger by providing weekend meal bags for students in Miami East Local Schools that do not have adequate nutrition for weekends. The grant funds will be used to purchase well-rounded, nutritious meals that can be easily prepared, stored without refrigeration, and follow the United States Department of Agriculture’s recommendation for 1,600 calories per day for children.
The Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants are sponsored by Elanco, Land O’Lakes, Nationwide Foundation, Nutra Blend, Sealed Air, Tractor Supply Company and Tyson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program provided over $22,000 to FFA chapters in 18 states and two state FFA associations in the first round of funding. More information on National FFA Organization’s Hunger Heroes Challenge can be found at FFA.org/Heroes.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.