Farm Journal Foundation makes second donation commitment to FFA program
The Farm Journal Foundation is renewing its commitment to the FFA: Food for All grant program, which launched last year, via its Farmers Feeding the World campaign. For a second year, the foundation will donate $500,000 to support the grant program that funds local FFA chapters' long-term projects to fight hunger. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is also matching the donation.
"Farmers Feeding the World's mission is educating the public on the importance of modern agriculture's role in the fight against hunger and, moreover, doing something about it," said Andy Weber, chairman of the Farm Journal Foundation, in a statement. "Collaborating with FFA is one of the most impactful ways we can fulfill that mission. This grant program empowers the next generation of leaders who will continue the effort to feed our world."
Last year, nearly 140 FFA chapters in 41 states used funds to develop and implement sustainable hunger programs. Programs included developing community gardens, donating produce to local shelters, and hosting workshops on harvesting vegetables. This year, the donation will fund the grant program and the National FFA's inaugural Rally to Fight Hunger.
At the rally, to be held during the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, approximately 10,000 FFA members and volunteers will gather to package one million meals, which will be distributed in the Indianapolis area and designated locations around the world. Volunteers will also learn about the causes and issues of hunger, and receive information on how to combat hunger in their own communities.
Farmers Feeding the World is currently producing a mini-documentary on the Food for All grant program, highlighting five FFA chapters. FFA chapters can start applying for this year's grants in October.
By Elizabeth A. Reid