Nebraska FFA members recently packed 50,000 meals as they demonstrated their motto of “Living to Serve.”
FFA members across the state gathered at Pinnacle Bank Arena last week for the 90th Nebraska FFA State Convention. At the convention, students took part in the Living to Serve: Meal Packing Service Project where they prepared fortified macaroni and cheese “Meals of Hope.” The event was co-hosted and sponsored by Union Bank and Trust.
The students were spread out among ten stations to fill the meal bags, which consisted of macaroni, soy protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, and a packet of cheese sauce. Each student had a specific role in the assembly line, including measuring ingredients, sealing the bags, and packing the boxes.
“Union Bank had looked for something that we could do a little bit extra with the students when they were down here,” said Glenn Baumert, Director of Ag Lending at Union Bank and Trust.
At the convention, there was an estimated attendance of 5,000 Nebraska FFA members. According to Baumert, pre-registration was required for the service project and the 360 openings filled quickly.
“We had quite a waiting list of students that wanted to participate if there were cancellations,” Baumert noted.
The meals were donated to both the Food Bank of Lincoln and the Food Bank for the Heartland.