Courtsey of Daily Journal Online
“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”, these words serve as the National FFA Organizations Motto.
December 13, 2022, the Fredericktown FFA Chapter packaged meals to be provided to students in the Fredericktown R-1 School District, via the Cat Pack Program and the Madison County Food Pantry. In total, the students of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter packaged 10,542 meals.
During the summer, the FFA applied for a year-long $3,000 grant through the National FFA’s Living to Serve Grant Program. “Living to Serve Grants provide an opportunity for FFA chapters and state FFA associations/foundations to seek funding to support various types of service projects through a competitive application process. Applicants must identify a community need that falls within one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement.”
The Fredericktown FFA Chapter chose to use the money for the grant received to purchase meals provided by the Meals of Hope Organization. When the Fortified Pasta with Red Sauce meal was chosen, Meals of Hope sent all of the materials and food needed to safely package, seal, and label the meals for the event.
We have been doing this project for a few years, and it is always a favorite of students. Not only are they able to take the class time to complete some hands-on learning, they are providing necessary meals for the community. This is always a popular community service project for the students of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter.
Learn More about Meals of Hope
Looking to feed the hungry in your community? To learn more about Meals of Hope, read more here. To get you or your organization involved in our next meal packing event, fill out our form here. We can’t wait to hear from you!