Community Service

Meals of Hope, Ohio FFA

You’re Invited to a Packing Party

Some children go to bed with a rumbling stomach. Some parents don’t know how to pay for their children’s next meal. In times like these, organizations like Meals of Hope provide comfort and nutrition to the members of our community who need it the most. The organization was founded in 2007 by Stephen Popper, following... Read more »... Read more »
Clyde FFA

Organic Recycle Trash

Robert Selvey only set out to research hunger for the FFA prepared public speaking career development event, but as he began researching his topic, he was inspired to do more than just speak. With the help of his chapter, he started the Organic Recycle Trash (ORT) program. After every lunch period, the students collect uneaten... Read more »... Read more »
buddy bags, Carver FFA

Buddy Bags

During its Winter Leadership Camp, the Massachusetts FFA Association partnered with the American Legion Auxiliary. FFA members assembled “Buddy Bags,” filled with donated toiletry items, and distributed them to homeless veterans throughout the state. Members were encouraged to continue the good work once they returned home. They put together “Buddy Baskets,” packed with basic household... Read more »... Read more »
FFA Hunger

Community Service Ideas

Other Community Service Ideas 1. Food Drive – Whether you’re collecting cans or filling backpacks with lunches, food drives are a great way to fight hunger in your community. 2. Race for a Cause – Walk it, run it or hula hoop it! Participating in a race raises money for research and awareness for important causes. 3. Community... Read more »... Read more »
Hiland FFA raking leaves for community

Raking in the Good Karma

Free time between classes, sports and extracurricular activities is a precious commodity. Hiland FFA chapter members in Berlin, Ohio, gave up two of their afternoons to rake leaves for members of their community as part of their Acts of Kindness project. The goal was to make an impact on their community while also getting to... Read more »... Read more »
With the project, students were able to learn how to ensure a healthy potato crop. Kent Sather of the Colorado State University Extension Service and manager of the Potato Certification Service inspected the growing crop, finding the potatoes virus-free. A federal inspection is required during the 100-day upbringing period to designate a crop as certified seed potatoes. Also, entering the greenhouse required everyone to step in disinfectant to eliminate the chance of transferring germs to the crop as it grew.

Planting the Seed

Frigid temperatures didn’t stop Alamosa FFA Chapter members from harvesting their potato mini-tuber crop on a snowy Tuesday morning in February. The 14 students kept warm while working in their greenhouse at Alamosa High School, preparing the mini-tubers they planted in early November for a special destination – to go to local farms, where they... Read more »... Read more »
Cassanda Gifford at national FFA convention with her pink tractor

Paint it Pink

Take a drive through Eufaula, Ala., and you might pass a bright pink tractor sitting quietly in a field. While the sight is surprising on its own, what’s even more so is the message behind it. Cassandra Gifford, a 2015 graduate of Eufaula High School and a member of the school’s FFA chapter, initially restored... Read more »... Read more »
meals of hope

Meals of Hope

This spring, as you plan your chapter events, consider an activity that will help combat hunger across the U.S. You can follow the lead of many other FFA chapters and state associations that have organized food packing parties through the Meals of Hope organization. To date, Meals of Hope has packaged and distributed more than... Read more »... Read more »
BRANCH AREA CAREER CENTER FFA, MI gleaning project

Gleaning for Good

After harvest, vegetable fields are often left with product that may not meet the requirements for the regular market, and organizations are invited in to glean (which means harvest) the remainder. The Branch Area Career Center FFA partnered with local farmers in 2015 to glean 680 pounds of peppers and 1,080 pounds of potatoes, donating... Read more »... Read more »
FFA member and volunteer firefighter, Joseph A. Wesolowski

FFA Ignites Leadership

Joseph A. Wesolowski doesn’t just use the strong work ethic and leadership skills learned in FFA for his various SAEs. In addition to his market swine project, Joe spends his time responding to barn fires, house fires, brush fires and medical assistance calls with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The blue corduroy jacket has given... Read more »... Read more »
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