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June 05, 2013   Email to Friend 

Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
June 05, 2013

Lt. Gov Kay Ivey, State Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery, and State FFA Foundation President Paul Pinyan join Moody FFA students to fill bags of food during the Rally Against Hunger at the State FFA Convention in Montgomery. More than 400 FFA students from across Alabama provided 40,000 meals for the Montgomery Area Food Bank, which serves 35 counties.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., - Alabama FFA students dedicated Wednesday to fighting hunger during the State FFA Convention. More than 400 FFA members from across the state filled nearly 7,000 bags of food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

Each bag contains six nutritious servings of grains and vegetables with 50 percent or more of the recommended daily value of 16 vitamins and minerals, for a grand total of 40,000 meals. Alabama state FFA officers were inspired to host a state Rally Against Hunger after helping pack a million meals at the National FFA Convention in October.

“Hunger is a reality for many people throughout America,” said State FFA President Josh Williams, who is a member of the Douglas FFA Chapter. “Through the FFA we learn the importance of providing food for others, and we gain the leadership skills necessary to confront problems and find solutions. Today, FFA members from across the state are dedicating their time to be a part of the solution to feed the hungry.”

State leaders including Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and State Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery, helped at the FFA Rally Against Hunger. Ivey and Love joined FFA students on the assembly line and talked about the importance of ending hunger in Alabama and across the nation.

“The FFA motto is ‘Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve,’ and that’s what we’re doing here today,” Ivey said. “We’re going to serve together to meet an unmet need. We can make a difference, right here at home in our own communities. Thank you to state FFA members for all you do.”

Ivey said there are thousands of people in Alabama who are unsure where their next meal will come from, including 47,000 people in Montgomery alone.

More than 50 million Americans, including almost 17 million children, live with food insecurity, according to USDA statistics. The USDA considers 17.4 percent of Alabama households “food insecure.”

The Alabama FFA Foundation and the Alabama FFA Association funded the Rally Against Hunger with resources provided by the national Kids Against Hunger organization.

The National FFA Organization is the largest student organization in the U.S. with more than 550,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Montgomery Area Food Bank distributes almost 19 million pounds of food annually through 800 non-profit member agencies in 35 Alabama counties. Kids Against Hunger is a national organization dedicated to reducing the number of hungry children in the U.S. and around the world.

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