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Tippy Valley FFA Members Pack Thanksgiving Meals

Published: Friday, November 29, 2019

Members of the Tippecanoe Valley FFA chapter participated in a meal packing event during the Indiana FFA held Foundations in Reaching Excellence (F.I.R.E.) Conference, during one of two weekends in November. FFA members from across Indiana came together at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center as part of the F.I.R.E. Conference and filled baskets with Thanksgiving food items to take back to deserving members of their local communities. Between the two weekend conferences, 300 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 those in need across Indiana. The gift cards will fund the meal's protein, such as a turkey or ham for families.

Representatives from Ceres Solutions attended the meal-packing events in a show of support for the students. Laurel Mann, a Ceres staff member, observed, "It is so rewarding to see these student leaders come together to serve our local communities. On behalf of the employees and farmer-owners of our company, we are extremely proud to support FFA."

Tippecanoe Valley FFA chapter members Chloe Hostetler, Tahya Lybarger, Amber Evans, Alexis Evans, Sarah Kelley and Austin Butler participated in the meal packing and said, "It was awesome to be able to give back to our community and enjoy the experience with new FFA members across the state. Tippecanoe Valley FFA chapter members delivered the meals to TVHS student council once they returned home from the F.I.R.E. Conference to be delivered to local Families

The Foundations In Reaching Excellence (F.I.R.E) Conference is a three-day conference held on two separate weekends in November at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center. F.I.R.E. is open to any Indiana high school junior and senior FFA member. This year's F.I.R.E. Conference focused on helping older FFA members learn to take their leadership abilities to the next level for their local chapters, become mentors for younger members, and create a vision for themselves after their high school career is finished.

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