Fort Loramie and Hardin Northern FFA Students Feeding Those in Need
With funding from the 2013 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP), ODA and the Ohio FFA were proud to see students develop some very creative community development projects.
The Fort Loramie FFA won ARCOP funding with their idea to create a raised garden bed for a local food pantry. Through the combined efforts of local farmers, businesses and the Fort Loramie FFA, the Agape Food Bank now has four, 8 x 4 x 2 foot raised garden beds.
The beds were constructed at the Agape Food Bank with donated building material, soil, water tank, mulch, and plants.
Once all beds were built, and produce planted, Agape Food Bank was able to immediately use the raised beds. Pantry users will care for the plants and harvest the produce for many years to come.
The Hardin Northern FFA created a Backpack Buddies program, where FFA members helped pack food for children in need while interacting with younger students. FFA Students had earned a total of approximately 18 community service hours at the end of 2013.
As additional students in need are identified, FFA students will work to pack more bags which will increase their number of community service hours. Their goal is to complete a total of 70-75 hours over the entire length of the Backpack Buddies project. Hours are being completed by students who are working towards State and American Degrees.
Is your local FFA interested in participating this year?
Applications for the 2014 ARCOP are now available through the Ohio FFA Foundation website. The deadline to apply is March 15. For more information on the program or to apply, visit http://ohioffa.org/foundation/foundation-news/.