FFA members from Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph joined the Les Schwab team to collect food to help provide more than 380,000 meals during the Drive Away Hunger event in November.
This year, the event collected more than 510,150 pounds of food, double that of the original goal in 2015.
Over the past three years, the event has raised more than 1.5 million pounds of food for those suffering from food insecurity, enough food to help nearly 3,500 Oregon families for more than a month.
“The FFA thanks all the farmers, community members and everyone who brought food, donated time and helped give to this effort,” said Kevin White, Executive Director of the Oregon FFA Foundation.
In addition to local chapter efforts, people were encouraged to drop food off at any local Les Schwab store and collection bags were distributed by the Chieftain. Bags were also available at Oregon Les Schwab and Wilco locations.
Most of the food will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank network and end up back in the communities in which it was raised.
“It is essential for these young people to have a partner like Les Schwab. Les Schwab employees have, for decades, served as role models to our members by serving their communities and neighbors,” White said.
The Oregon FFA is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Oregon FFA has more than 6,000 members in 105 chapters throughout the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.