A lesson in giving

North Linn
North Linn High School students organize lunches for distribution at North Linn Elementary to provide weekend meals to youngsters in need. FFA members from the high school ramped up volunteer efforts last year in response to food insecurity brought on by COVID-19 and the derecho windstorm. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
FFA students learn the value of giving back by volunteering their time and donating food to Iowans impacted by the pandemic and derecho.
As Iowans struggled with hardship in 2020 brought on by the double whammy of the pandemic and the derecho windstorm, FFA members around the state stepped up. 

From handing out grocery packs to residents of Red Oak to collecting eggs for area food pantries in Troy Mills, FFA students proved they aren’t afraid of doing hard work to help others.

“Being able to help like this is also a great learning opportunity for the students,” said Alan Spencer, ag education instructor at Red Oak High School. 

FFA members in Red Oak volunteered 1,800 hours last year at Christ’s Cupboard, a Christian food pantry in the community. 

“Some of our students didn’t know this was a need in our community. Some even had family members come in to get...

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