Volunteering plants the seeds of change in local communities

The executive director of Missouri Farmers Care says she’s hopeful the Drive to Feed Kids at the Missouri State Fair continues to inspire FFA members to do more in their local communities.

Ashley McCarty tells Brownfield they’ve already started to see seeds of changes throughout the campaign.  “It is Audrain County processing poultry,” she says.  “It is Webster County, where they decided to make a dairy pantry.  It is Ashland FFA that has a mobile food pantry out behind the school that they’ve built in shop class.”

She says these programs embody the last line of the FFA motto, which is “Living to Serve”.  “These kids have taken ownership in their own communities to address needs that they see that are most pressing locally,” she says. “That, to me, is the exponential effect of today and the most exciting part of the Drive to Feed Kids and the FFA Day of Service.”

More than 800 FFA members from Missouri volunteer to help pack more than 150,000 meals during the recent Drive to Feed Kids at the Missouri State Fair. 

Brownfield Ag News has been a presenting sponsor of the Drive to Feed Kids since it launched in 2017.

AUDIO: Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care

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