by Natalie Peterson, senior at DeForest Area High School
On Tuesday, March 21st, the DeForest FFA chapter hosted a meal packaging event with Food For Kidz to feed the food insecure both within the school and Haiti.
Upon returning to Wisconsin after a leadership conference in Washington D.C., two DeForest FFA members were excited to use their newly learned skills to make a difference in their community. After participating in a meal packaging event at the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC), they were inspired to continue contributing to the cause with the rest of their members.
Immediately, a committee of determined students began planning and fundraising for their own spring event by hosting ice cream and rose sales within the school, and scheduling calls and meetings with over seventy local businesses and organizations. Exceeding their initial goal of 10,000 meals, the committee was able to raise a total of $5,000 to package a whopping 20,000 meals of oatmeal. The meals will be distributed to the community’s Blessings-in-a-Backpack program, local food pantries, and Haiti.
On March 21st, over 180 volunteers from within the school and community came together to make a difference in the lives of those in need, packaging meals at DeForest Area High School from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The chapter hopes to continue this event in the years to come, with even more successful outcomes. Click here to see photos of the event.