Mt. Everett FFA is awarded National FFA Food for All Grant
Our chapter was awarded $2,500 as part of the FFA: Food For All program.
The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service learning projects that address local hunger needs. Our chapter plans to help fight hunger by providing the SBRSD cafeteria with 100 chickens to serve in the cafeteria this November. The broiler chickens will be raised on campus in the school barn and in chicken tractors (moveable chicken coops). The chickens will be fed scraps from the school cafeteria in addition to grain and the fresh grass that they’re moved to every day. Studies have shown that pasture-raised broilers are higher in vitamins D3 and E and have a higher Omega 6:3 ratio. Most people would agree that pasture-raised broilers have more flavor to them as well. FFA members will be responsible for all aspects of their care.
The chicken tractors were purchased with funds from a Mass Local Council Grant in 2014. Thank you!
Some funds will be used to spruce up a small chicken coop that was donated to the chapter. Additional funds were used to help revamp the elementary garden. We hope that any produce and herbs grown in the school garden can be used in the cafeteria and culinary program.
Our FFA chapter knows that farm to school programs are promising strategies that can potentially decrease the rates of childhood obesity, change eating habits, increase agricultural literacy, and create better infrastructure for food systems. Our high school is part of a K-12 campus which allows a lot of opportunities for FFA members to work with elementary and middle school students.
The FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Donaldson Foundation, Elanco, Land O’Lakes, Nationwide Foundation, Nutra Blend, Sealed Air, Tractor Supply Company and Tyson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program provided nearly $360,000 to FFA chapters in 40 states. In addition, the FFA: Food For All grant program is part of the National FFA Organization’s Hunger Home platform. More information about the program can be found at: FFA.org/foodforall