FFA receives Living to Serve grant

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter has been awarded a yearlong Living to Serve grant in the amount of $3,000. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support yearlong service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA plans to help address agricultural and food production awareness with future consumers by cooperating with local health and wellness agencies to provide educational opportunities to 100 first-graders at Miami East Elementary.

FFA members will collaborate with community stakeholders to teach future consumers of where their food comes from using the book, “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food” by Lucia Gaggiotti and Chris Butterworth. Each week 16 FFA members will visit four classrooms to explore all aspects of food and fiber production. Hands-on lessons and interactive games will help students understand how agriculture provides their meal.

The program provided over $300,000 to FFA chapters in 33 states. The 2018-2019 yearlong Living to Serve grants are sponsored by CoBank, CSX, Tractor Supply Company, Cargill, Domino’s, Elanco and Sealed Air. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.