Pilot Grove FFA helps pack 200,000 meals for families in need at Missouri State Fair

Pilot Grove FFA members helped pack 200,000 meals at the Missouri State Fair for families in need.

Pilot Grove FFA attended the Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day at the Missouri State Fair on Tuesday, August 17. Pilot Grove FFA members joined more than 900 FFA members and farm leaders from across the state to spend the day packaging more than 200,000 meals to feed children and families in Missouri.

“Missouri FFA teaches students the importance of developing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Students can practice these three categories year round, but have a unique opportunity to practice them during FFA Food Insecurity Service Day at the Missouri State Fair, ”said Kaitlin Kleiboeker, Missouri State FFA President. “Students gain hands-on experience using their leadership skills and knowledge of agriculture to make a difference and make a difference in their community. FFA Food Insecurity Service Day is part of the Missouri Farmers Care Foundation’s Drive to Feed Kids campaign, the Missouri agriculture collaboration to combat food insecurity among children in our state. One in five Missouri children is regularly hungry, according to Feeding America. Drive to Feed Kids supports our most vulnerable citizens through meal packaging events, gifted groceries, pig processing, and monetary donations. han 200,000 meals for the food insecure children in Missouri. “

FFA Food Insecurity Service Day is part of the Missouri Farmers Care Foundation’s Drive to Feed Kids campaign, a collaborative effort by Missouri agriculture to address child food insecurity in our state. One in five Missouri children is regularly hungry, according to Feeding America. Drive to Feed Kids supports our most vulnerable citizens through meal packaging events, gifted groceries, pig processing, and monetary donations.

“We continue to see food insecurity on the rise in rural areas,” said Alan Wessler, DVM, Missouri Farmers Care Drive to Feed Kids chairman. “The Drive to Feed Kids gives us the opportunity to raise awareness while showcasing the great work of farmers and ranchers using science, technology, their expertise and their natural resources to feed a growing world. “

In addition to FFA Food Insecurity Service Day on Tuesday, August 17, the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive was $ 2 on Tuesday at the Missouri State Fair. Show attendees participated by making a donation of at least $ 2 to Feeding Missouri or donating two or more canned goods at Centennial Gate, which received $ 2 discounted admission to the show.

Missouri Farmers Care encouraged businesses and individuals to join their local FFA chapter in this mission. Join the Missouri farming community to highlight the positive effects of farming while ensuring kids have the nutrition they need to be successful. If you would like to work with MFC to support the Drive to Feed Kids, contact Heather Dimitt-Fletcher, MFC Foundation Strategic Initiatives Manager, at heatherd@mofarmerscare.com. Individual donations can be made at MOFarmersCare.com/drive. All proceeds will go to Feeding Missouri’s network of Food Banks, which work across the state to alleviate hunger among children.

MISSOURI FARM CARE

Missouri Farmers Care is a collaborative effort by the Missouri farming community to stand together for the men and women who provide the food and jobs our communities depend on. The coalition of more than 45 leading Missouri farming groups promotes the growth of Missouri agriculture and rural communities through coordinated communication, education, and advocacy. www.MOFarmersCare.com.

MISSOURI FARMERS CARE FOUNDATION The Missouri Farmers Care Foundation enables Missouri residents to understand the influence and importance of agriculture in their daily lives by serving as the hub of unified education programs, awards, and starvation efforts for the Missouri agricultural community. www.MOFarmersCare.com

MISSOURI STATE FFA ASSOCIATION

The Missouri FFA Association has 25,375 members, ranks sixth as a member state. FFA is committed to making positive life changes for students by developing their potential for world-class leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. www.missouriffa.org

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