FFA members and FFA alumni are collecting canned food during September as part of a national program called: "Can Hunger - Million-Can Challenge."
Minnesota was selected as one of twelve states to host the inaugural event.
The Minnesota and National FFA Alumni Associations, in partnership with Toyota, are sponsoring "Can Hunger - Million-Can Challenge" as a special project to collect one million cans of food for local and regional food shelves. Minnesota FFA alumnus Mary Buschette says the project exemplifies service.
"As FFA alumni, we know first-hand what FFA can do for students and communities. This project embodies service in action and also provides a platform to develop strong partnerships between current and past FFA members and community members," Buschette says.
The Minnesota FFA Alumni Association is leading the food collection program and encouraging local FFA chapters to participate by collecting food at home high school football games through October 5. Chapters can either donate the canned food to their area food shelf or deliver the canned goods to the Minnesota FFA Leadership Center on the State Fair grounds on Saturday, October 6. Local Toyota dealers are providing Tundra pickups for food collection at the football games.
The total number of cans collected will be tallied at the Toyota Can Hunger Celebration Event at the Minnesota FFA Leadership Center on October 6. The chapter collecting the most cans of food will receive ten tickets to the University of Minnesota Homecoming Football Game versus University of Illinois on November 3. Second and third place chapters will receive five tickets each. All chapters participating will be recognized at the 2008 State FFA Convention.
More information on the Million-Can Challenge and opportunity to donate food is available from the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association. Please contact Jack Lavalla at [email protected] or (507) 932-8013.