INDIANAPOLIS — The Exeter FFA Chapter in California has been named the 2016 National Model of Innovation Chapter Award winner in community development at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The nation’s top 10 three-star chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Exeter FFA was awarded a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the second general session.
Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student and chapter development divisions.
Exeter FFA wanted to do its part to combat hunger in their community. During the “Hunger Heroes Food Hunt,” members were split into teams and assigned to a section of the city of Exeter. With adult drivers, the teams visited homes within their section to collect nonperishable food items for a local food bank. Many students and volunteer drivers participated in the event, collecting over 2,600 nonperishable food items during the one-hour activity. All of the food items were donated to the local food closet following the event. Because of the FFA chapter’s efforts, Exeter is one step closer to eliminating hunger in their community.
The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.