Local high school students impact community by feeding the hungry

Around 100 students from Delphi, Rossville and Clinton Prairie high schools came together Saturday morning to package and donate 50,000 meals to those in need.
Around 100 students from Delphi, Rossville and Clinton Prairie high schools came together Saturday morning to package and donate 50,000 meals to those in need.

Rossville, Ind. (WLFI) — About 100 students from Delphi, Rossville and Clinton Prairie high schools came together Saturday morning to package and donate 50,000 meals to those in need.

FFA senior Clara Boles from Clinton Prairie Jr.-Sr. High School said the meals will be locally distributed.

“We are sending them to Lafayette, Frankfort, Delphi, Rossville and Dayton areas,” Boles said.

The students are members of FFA – a national agricultural leadership organization. Since August, FFA students contacted local businesses and members of their community to help raise $12,000.

FFA senior Cole Pearson from Delphi Community High School said a lot of work went into preparing for the event.

“We sent out hundreds of letters and got our donations back and, luckily, we had more than enough,” Pearson said.

Boles said, “Within the three chapters and giving support to each other, we each raised $4,167 each.”

The chapters used the donations to buy packaging and food supplies from Meals of Hope – an organization based in Naples, Florida.

Steve Boyett, the program director for Meals of Hope, said the program “exists to end food insecurity in America.”

“One in five adults in America are considered food insecure and one in four children,” Boyett said.

FFA senior Sarah Hendrickson from Rossville Consolidated School said, “It really helped us understand how many people are affected by hunger in our country, and we really wanted to try to change that in our community.”

Students helped stuff six meals into individual packets. Each packet is able to feed an average-size family.

“It’s made up of soy, macaroni and a cheese packet,” Boles said.

According to Boyett, each packet has 21 minerals and nutrients to make it taste good.

“We’ve actually won blind tastes against Kraft macaroni and cheese, which that’s not easy to do with soy protein,” Boyett said.

The FFA students exceeded their goal and packaged 51,264 meals.