Nationwide Grant Provides Funding for Food Production, Service-Learning
INDIANAPOLIS – The Springville FFA chapter in Springville, Utah has been awarded $2,000.00 as part of the inaugural FFA: Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger relief projects.
The Springville FFA plans to help fight hunger by providing fresh produce for the local community at no charge and the surplus will then be given to the Food Bank of Provo. The vegetable plants will be grown in the high school greenhouse, and planted in the nearly 12,000 square foot garden plot at the Nebo Learning Center. The garden will be run by FFA members all summer long as part of their Supervised Agriculture Experience. During the harvest season community members will be able to visit our road side stand to collect any produce they would like. This is an amazing opportunity to teach not only the students but also the community on the importance of sustainable agriculture and good nutrition. According to the https://www.utahfoodbank.org/utah-hunger-facts, Utah is ranked fourth in the nation for the highest rate of very low food security in the nation. About 400,000 Utahns risk missing one meal every day and 1 in 7 Utah children is at risk of hunger. Springville FFA not only wants to fight hunger but also educate their community on the hunger battle and the role agriculture can play in fighting this battle. Local sponsors include Harward Farms and SunRoc.
The FFA: Food For All grant program is administered by the National FFA Organization, with funding provided by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The program provided $330,000 to FFA chapters in 41 states. More information about the program can be found at www.FFA.org/foodforall.
About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s primary mission is to combat hunger and improve the standard of living for vulnerable populations throughout the world. The Foundation invests in a full spectrum of initiatives to address global hunger and food insecurity including: direct humanitarian aid for populations in crisis; agricultural development for smallholder farmers, particularly women; livelihood improvement for smallholders through commercial market access; academic and field research to increase farmer productivity in resource-constrained contexts; and advocacy campaigns to sustain and scale best practices. Learn more at www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org.
About Farmers Feeding the World
Farmers Feeding the World is an ambitious initiative of the Farm Journal Foundation that looks to rally the agriculture industry around three critical needs: providing hunger relief, creating agricultural development through sustainable solutions and communicating the importance of modern agriculture in the fight against hunger. The Farmers Feeding the World initiative unites farmers, agribusiness and organizations to make a meaningful difference in those three areas. For more information, visit www.FarmersFeedingTheWorld.org.
About The National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (www.ffa.org), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).