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FFA Kicks Off Food Drive at 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show
247 FFA Members Receive Keystone Degrees at Annual Convention
1/11/2010

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s nearly 8,000 FFA members and a local community college donated food and a tool that will help make food distribution to the state’s hungry easier on Monday, Jan. 11, as part of the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Part of the “Fill the Truck” food donation campaign, sponsored by the FFA Alumni Association and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), students partnered with the Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators to host a food drive at the state’s farm show.

The donated food will travel to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on a new Toyota Tundra, donated by HACC agribusiness program director Al Wenger. Wenger was awarded the truck by the National Association of Agricultural Educators for his development of the college’s program.

“As we gather this week to celebrate the diverse agriculture industry in Pennsylvania, it is important to remember those who are still at-risk for hunger in the state,” said Redding. “The last line of the FFA motto is ‘Living to Serve’ and the more than 8,000 FFA members across the state have embraced that concept with this food drive, and I congratulate their hard work.”

FFA members will continue to work to “fill the truck” during upcoming state conferences.

“The support our young agricultural leaders and educators are providing to their fellow citizens proves the point that you cannot have a charitable food system without a food system that is charitable,” Redding added.

In addition to the food drive, the convention recognized 247 Keystone Degree recipients and four keystone stars. The degree is the highest honor bestowed upon FFA members at the state level.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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