MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 5, 2013 — 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 bags of food at the National FFA Convention in October.
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.
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.