Pettisville FFA aids Meals of Hope

Working through the Meals of Hope program, the Pettisville FFA will be packing and distributing about 11,000 bags of macaroni and cheese on May 9 at the school.

This packing event will have an educational twist to it. The FFA members will be assisted by grades K-12 in order to help students learn about food insecurity in the area. Grades K-3 and 10-12 will pack together for about 1 1/2 hours beginning about 9:30 a.m. Grades 4-6 and 7-9 will pack together about 12:45 p.m.

John Poulson, Pettisville agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, said all students will have training, wear a hair net, use hand sanitizer, and observe other sanitary practices.

The project started as a service idea last summer, when three students attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference and packaged meals for the Washington, D.C.-area food banks.

The macaroni and cheese has a two-year shelf life and is labeled as six cups when made. It has elbows, powdered cheese, and soy protein. Meals of Hope supplies all the training and materials to make this a food grade-acceptable packing day.

As a community, Pettisville has collected over $16,000.

The FFA welcomes help at this event.