LeCroy Career Tech Center receives ‘Food For All’ grant

Published 1:51 pm Monday, February 8, 2016

The LeCroy Career Technical Center FFA chapter in Clanton has been awarded $2500 as part of the FFA: Food for All program.

The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

The LeCroy Career Technical Center FFA plans to help fight hunger by raising vegetable crops through a yearlong service project. The Horticulture program has partnered with the Thorsby, Maplesville, Isabella and Chilton County High School FFA programs to operate a 40-acre farm in Thorsby.

Portions of crops grown are donated to the local community through food shelter and local feeding programs. Excess produce is sold to help fund the long-term project and provide services for students.

Students gain real world work experience through this program that will help them become more college and career ready in an ever-changing work environment.

Crops grown include strawberries, corn, soybeans, tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe.

The FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Donaldson Foundation, Elanco, Land O’Lakes, Nationwide Foundation, Nutra Blend, Sealed Air, Tractor Supply Company and Tyson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The program provided nearly $360,000 to FFA chapters in 40 states and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the FFA: Food For All grant program is part of the National FFA Organization’s Hunger Home platform.

More information about the program can be found at FFA.org/foodforall.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.