INDIANAPOLIS —More than 9,500 FFA members, advisers and guests took part in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger, which was Oct. 24 to 26, in Indianapolis.
One million meals were packaged in 20 hours, with half of the meals staying in the Indianapolis area and half going to Haiti.
The rally was a highlight of the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo.
Working with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, FFA members from across the nation assembled meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition.
Members of the Smithsburg, Boonsboro and Clear Spring High FFA chapters who participated included:
- From Smithsburg High — Matt Lewis, Justin Martin, Morgan Nicley, Hannah Rohrer, advisers Lee Ruark and Lynda Dominick, and team coach Karen Martin
- From Boonsboro High — Tiffany Bowman, Destiny Harmon and adviser Steven Garland
- From Clear Spring — Joe Repp, McKenzie Divelbiss, Ryan Yetter, Crystal Welling, Ryan Burcker, Chance Younker, Shannon Bishop, Jenna Knable, Todd Welch, Eric Yetter, Nick Lewis, Jimmy Rowland and Jordan Davis, adviser Cody Pine and Nathan Glenn, and team coach Herb Younker
The rally was sponsored in part by Dow Agrosciences; Elanco; Farmers Feeding the World; Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Land O’ Lakes Inc.; Monsanto; Tyson Foods Inc.; American Family Insurance; Archer Daniels Co.; BKD CPA’s and Advisers; Cargill; Hormel Foods Corps. and Pacers Sports and Entertainment as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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 United States Congress 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 information, go to www.ffa.org.