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Longtime FFA Supporters Donate 30 Tons of Food to Indiana Food Bank

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:12:34 CDT

Longtime FFA Supporters Donate 30 Tons of Food to Indiana Food Bank
Two long-time FFA sponsors will donate more than 60,000 pounds of food to one of Indiana's largest and busiest community food banks Oct. 25.

Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is giving 35,640 pounds of chili with beans and Springdale, Ark.-headquartered Tyson Foods is giving more than 30,000 pounds of fresh chicken to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Both companies will deliver their donations to the food bank Oct. 25.

The food is being given in support of the National FFA Organization's Feeding the World-Starting at Home campaign, which launched Wednesday to open the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo. Since, FFA members from throughout the nation have been working in shifts to pack 1 million meals that will be distributed locally and overseas.

"This donation is in alignment with our company's commitment to nourish the hungry in the United States one community at a time," said Julie H. Craven, vice president of corporate communications at Hormel Foods. "We are proud to be making a difference with FFA." Hormel Foods has been a sponsor for 39 years.

Tyson Foods has backed FFA for 37 years. "One in six Americans are at risk of hunger that's too many," said Sara Lilygren, senior vice president of external relations at Tyson Foods. "People at Tyson have been working with others on this problem for over a decade but we know we'll not be able to solve it without a new generation of leadership. That's why we're inspired to see these students get involved in the fight against hunger."

Our exclusive coverage from the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about this youth organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



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