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South Dakota FFA feeds kids through service day

Photo by Amanda RadkeSouth Dakota FFA students pitched in to take part in Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization that works to feed families around the world, during the 2011 South Dakota FFA State Convention.

“Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve,” is the motto of the National FFA organization. During the 2011 South Dakota State FFA Convention held earlier this week on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, SD, FFA students from across the state lead by example and followed the motto of the National FFA organization.

In a grand gesture exemplifying the “living to serve” part of the motto, FFA students pitched in to take part in Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization that works to feed families around the world. The event was called South Dakota FFA Day of Service. FFA members united to take a stance against world hunger on behalf of all farmers and ranchers.

Every six seconds, a child dies from hunger-related causes. To foster more hours and more meals raised, FFA chapters competed against each other to see who could put in the most effort. Chelsey Abler, a past state FFA officer and a member of the South Dakota FFA Foundation Board, was a co-chair organizing this event, and she shared the successes achieved by the members during their day of service.

“Four hundred sixty hours were donated to reach our goal of 100,000 meals prepared,” Abler summarized. “The winning chapter was Parker FFA with 53 hours volunteered. The following chapters dedicated much of their time, with over 50 percent of members attending the service project: Scotland FFA Chapter, Parker FFA Chapter and Kimball FFA Chapter.”

The Kids Against Hunger chapter is located out of Aberdeen, SD, and works to put together packs of highly nutritious foods. The packs are fortified rice-soy casserole mixtures which includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals, protein (52 percent in the soy), six added vegetables and chicken flavoring.

According to the organization, “The whole grain rice reduces hunger. The protein builds strong bodies and resists disease. The vegetables are designed for children, and the 21 vitamins and minerals help enhance learning abilities. Our food is the highest nutritional value. It has been proven to strengthen the immune system, and we have seen miraculous recoveries.”

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Because of volunteer support, Kids Against Hunger is able to produce the food packets at the low cost of only 23 cents per serving.

“The members worked all day, with every minute and every hour contributing to our million-dollar challenge,” Abler said. “Part of the mission of the FFA is service, and this effort is showing people how much we, as agriculturalists, care about feeding the world.”

The meals go to places around the world. With 14,400 children dying each day due to starvation, Kids Against Hunger is constantly seeking donations to help the cause. Just $50 will feed 217 kids, $200 will feed 870 kids, $500 will feed 2,174 kids, and a $1,000 donation will feed a whopping 4,348 kids.

Donations can be sent to: Kids Against Hunger-Aberdeen Division, 1121 Olive Drive, Aberdeen, SD, 57401.

“Kids Against Hunger depends on volunteers to package the food for the kids around the world,” Abler said. “The meals go to places like Haiti and Sudan, but the FFA members also had the chance to take some packets home to their local food banks.”

With more than 190 kids helping put together 100,000 meals, it was a group effort to get the job done.

“The ‘living to serve’ motto is something we take seriously,” said Abler. “This service project was a way for the FFA members to act out that motto and show people how we are truly living to serve.”

To raise the dollars to prepare the meals, 10 local co-ops made donations, and Land O’ Lakes matched the donations, dollar-for-dollar.

The FFA members certainly set a good example for others to follow, managing to commit their time to service, while juggling their team competitions and various responsibilities during the 2011 State FFA Convention. The motto of, “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve,” continues to be relevant after decades in the making. Projects like this held FFA members carry the lessons they learn from this organization into their adult lives, as well.

“Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve,” is the motto of the National FFA organization. During the 2011 South Dakota State FFA Convention held earlier this week on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, SD, FFA students from across the state lead by example and followed the motto of the National FFA organization.

In a grand gesture exemplifying the “living to serve” part of the motto, FFA students pitched in to take part in Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization that works to feed families around the world. The event was called South Dakota FFA Day of Service. FFA members united to take a stance against world hunger on behalf of all farmers and ranchers.

Every six seconds, a child dies from hunger-related causes. To foster more hours and more meals raised, FFA chapters competed against each other to see who could put in the most effort. Chelsey Abler, a past state FFA officer and a member of the South Dakota FFA Foundation Board, was a co-chair organizing this event, and she shared the successes achieved by the members during their day of service.

“Four hundred sixty hours were donated to reach our goal of 100,000 meals prepared,” Abler summarized. “The winning chapter was Parker FFA with 53 hours volunteered. The following chapters dedicated much of their time, with over 50 percent of members attending the service project: Scotland FFA Chapter, Parker FFA Chapter and Kimball FFA Chapter.”

The Kids Against Hunger chapter is located out of Aberdeen, SD, and works to put together packs of highly nutritious foods. The packs are fortified rice-soy casserole mixtures which includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals, protein (52 percent in the soy), six added vegetables and chicken flavoring.

According to the organization, “The whole grain rice reduces hunger. The protein builds strong bodies and resists disease. The vegetables are designed for children, and the 21 vitamins and minerals help enhance learning abilities. Our food is the highest nutritional value. It has been proven to strengthen the immune system, and we have seen miraculous recoveries.”

Because of volunteer support, Kids Against Hunger is able to produce the food packets at the low cost of only 23 cents per serving.

“The members worked all day, with every minute and every hour contributing to our million-dollar challenge,” Abler said. “Part of the mission of the FFA is service, and this effort is showing people how much we, as agriculturalists, care about feeding the world.”

The meals go to places around the world. With 14,400 children dying each day due to starvation, Kids Against Hunger is constantly seeking donations to help the cause. Just $50 will feed 217 kids, $200 will feed 870 kids, $500 will feed 2,174 kids, and a $1,000 donation will feed a whopping 4,348 kids.

Donations can be sent to: Kids Against Hunger-Aberdeen Division, 1121 Olive Drive, Aberdeen, SD, 57401.

“Kids Against Hunger depends on volunteers to package the food for the kids around the world,” Abler said. “The meals go to places like Haiti and Sudan, but the FFA members also had the chance to take some packets home to their local food banks.”

With more than 190 kids helping put together 100,000 meals, it was a group effort to get the job done.

“The ‘living to serve’ motto is something we take seriously,” said Abler. “This service project was a way for the FFA members to act out that motto and show people how we are truly living to serve.”

To raise the dollars to prepare the meals, 10 local co-ops made donations, and Land O’ Lakes matched the donations, dollar-for-dollar.

The FFA members certainly set a good example for others to follow, managing to commit their time to service, while juggling their team competitions and various responsibilities during the 2011 State FFA Convention. The motto of, “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve,” continues to be relevant after decades in the making. Projects like this held FFA members carry the lessons they learn from this organization into their adult lives, as well.

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