FFA food drive keeps getting bigger

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 December 2017 at 9:07 pm

From 3,000 pounds in 2010, food drive has grown each year

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – FFA students including Natalie DiCureia, a senior, were at the school at 7 this morning to load 50-pound bags of cabbage and other heavy boxes of produce on to a tractor trailer.

The FFA collected 35,000 pounds of food that was delivered to Community Action on East State Street in Albion.

The 35,000 pounds is a new record for the FFA, passing the 33,000 pounds in 2016.

Since the first drive in 2010 with 3,000, the food drive has grown each year to 9,000 pounds in 2011, 17,000 the following year and 19,000 in December 2013. The FFA reached 27,000 pounds in 2014 and reached 30,000 for the first time in 2015.

Squash awaits being packed in smaller boxes during this morning’s food drive. FFA students reached out to farmers and they responded with donations.

FFA members Harrison Brown and Rylie Lear took the lead in contacting farmers.

Barry Flansburg, a member of the FFA Alumni, was among several graduates to pitch in this morning.

FFA students Bryce Pritchard, left, and Justin Robinson stack the produce on the tractor trailer outside the ag shop at Charles D’Amico High School.

FFA students Alexis Bentley and Melissa Robinson sort apples into crates.

These Albion graduates from 2017 – Emilie Barleben, left, and Emily Blanchard – returned to help with the big effort this morning.

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