Press release

TRAFALGAR - Members of the Hope FFA chapter participated in a meal packing event during the Indiana FFA's Foundations In Reaching Excellence conference in November.

FFA members from across the state of Indiana came together at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center and filled baskets with Thanksgiving food items to take back to deserving members of their local communities. Between the two weekend conferences, 200 baskets were filled by FFA members for those in need.

Each FFA chapter was asked to bring food items to fill the baskets. These items included: canned corn, canned green beans, macaroni and cheese, boxed potatoes or stuffing. The Indiana FFA, with the generous support of Ceres Solutions Cooperative, provided the baskets, decorations and gift cards for the needy. Ceres Solutions is a cooperative that invests each year in reducing food insecurity in the Indiana and Michigan communities where the company does business.

The gift cards will fund the meal's protein, such as a turkey or ham for families. Representatives from Ceres Solutions Cooperative attended the meal packing events in a show of support for the students.

"It is so rewarding to see these student leaders come together to serve our local communities," said Laurel Mann, a Ceres staff member. "On behalf of the employees and farmer-owners of our company, we are extremely proud to support FFA."

Kylie Lock, Hope FFA Chapter member, participated in the meal packing.

"It always feels good to give back to a community that supports our chapter in so many ways," Lock said.

Hope FFA chapter members delivered the meals once they returned home from the FIRE Conference.

FIRE is open to any Indiana high school junior and senior FFA member.

This year's FIRE conference focused on helping FFA members learn to be a mentor for younger members, set goals for their future, network with other members across the state and show ways that they can take their leadership in their local FFA chapters and communities to the next level. The title sponsors for the FIRE Conference were Ivy Tech Community College and Wabash Valley Power Association.