For Immediate Release
Together Oregon FFA and Les Schwab are #TiredofHunger
November 9, 2015
The Baker FFA Chapter of Baker City, Oregon paired up with the Les Schwab center in an effort to fight hunger in our community. The Oregon FFA and Oregon Les Schwab stores launched a statewide hunger initiative in order to raise food to supply to the growing need in our community and state. The statewide service initiative took place during the entire month of October. The initiative is part of the FFA’s core purpose of “Living to Serve” which is part of the FFA Motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve.” Les Schwab Tire Centers partnered with the Oregon FFA in 2011 when state budget cuts threatened the very survival of FFA in Oregon.
The food drive is Les Schwab and Baker FFA Chapter’s way of helping fight hunger and partnering together to lend a helping hand. On October 29, the Baker chapter dressed up in costumes, trick or treating for can food items to supplement the food drive. Thank you for participating in the food drive led by the chapter along with Les Schwab and for donating to the Trick or Treating for cans activity throughout the community. FFA is very grateful for all the donations received during October. Thank you for your support and generosity. With combined efforts, the Baker FFA raised a total of 1,760 pounds of food to help fight hunger.
Since the recession in 2008 the Oregon Food Bank has seen a 41 percent increase in the need of food box distribution. A total of 270,000 people in Oregon per month received meals from the Oregon Food Bank and 92,000 of those are children.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 610,245 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are 7,358 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Oregon FFA has nearly 6,000 members in 100 chapters throughout the state. 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. Visit www.oregonffa.com or www.ffa.org for more information.