Les Schwab Food Drive: Driving Away Hunger

Tansy Clark
The Crook County FFA Chapter played a large role in this year’s annual Les Schwab “Drive Away Hunger” food drive during the month of October. This program is a state wide program in partnership with Les Schwab and the Oregon Food Bank.  The program finished its third year, and we are very happy to be a part of it.  This partnership has allowed for a lot of opportunity to donate a variety of food types and money because of the way that it is organized.  Food can be donated to any local charity of food pantry or to the Oregon Food Bank.  Money is also accepted and is allowed to be kept in the local community or donated to the OFB at a rate of $1.00=3 lbs of food.

The Crook County FFA had a successful food drive. Working with our Agricultural Science classes, our local Les Schwab store and the Crook County FFA Alumni, we raised and donated 6000 lbs of potatoes that went to the Holiday Partnership, 735 lbs of canned food to St. Vincent de Paul, and $500 which is equivalent to 1500 lbs of food was donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

Overall, 550,000 lbs of food was donated statewide from FFA chapters throughout Oregon. Giving back to our community has always been an important factor within our chapter. Considering all that our very supporting community does for us, we enjoy being able to contribute back to them.