The West Virginia FFA State Officer team has decided to pack bags again ― bags filled with food for children across the state.
In 2016, WV FFA raised $10,000 to purchase, package and donate food packages for Back Pack programs in West Virginia. The program was a large success, which included a huge packing event at Cedar Lakes with more than 200 FFA members joining in.
West Virginia FFA members wish to host a food packing event at the 89th Annual West Virginia FFA Convention. This year, WV FFA will be partnering with Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway and Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington to once again raise at least $10,000 to help feed the hungry in West Virginia.
“This service project has the potential to feed over 16,000 people across West Virginia. It will be a great opportunity to give back to the great state of West Virginia,” said Andrew Hauser, WV FFA president. FFA will need $10,000 in sponsorship to secure enough food to pack 4,000 backpacks of food to send home to 4,000 West Virginia families. “I have no doubt that the West Virginia FFA Association will be able to raise funds to provide food to our communities,” said Erin Kidwell, WV FFA secretary. West Virginia FFA is seeking individual, group and corporate sponsors to ensure this event is a success.
“Our programs geared toward ending child hunger are so important to your state”, said Chad Morrison, executive director of Mountaineer Food Bank. “More than one in five children in West Virginia live in food insecure households, so they don’t know if they are going to have a meal every night.”
If you or your organization would like to support the WV FFA Association by serving as a sponsor for this event at the 89th Annual WV FFA State Convention, contact Mountaineer Food Bank at 304-364-5518 or Facing Hunger Foodbank at 304-523-6086.