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Annual cooperative food drive, 'Drive Away Hunger,' lasts through the end of October.

Oregon FFA and Les Schwab Tires have teamed up in an effort to "Drive Away Hunger" in the community.

The Madras FFA chapter and the Madras Les Schwab Tires Center will conduct their annual statewide food drive throughout the month of October.

Participation in that initiative allows Oregon FFA members the opportunity to live out the FFA motto of "learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve."

In that initiative, FFA members follow in the footsteps of those set by Les Schwab employees as they see them giving back to the community daily.

The timing of the initiative is important, with food banks and pantries gearing up for the upcoming holidays, since there is a need for food and monetary donations. The food drive is Les Schwab's and the Madras FFA chapter's way of helping meet that need in the community.

The public is encouraged to drop food donations by the local Les Schwab Tire Center or give donations to the Madras FFA chapter.

In addition to nonperishable food, the FFA is seeking farm and ranch crop donations. If you are interested in donating a portion of your food crop, contact the Madras FFA chapter, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All donations received will be given to the local food pantries in the community. If there is more food donated than can be used in the community, it will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank to other pantries throughout the state.

The Oregon FFA, a part of the National FFA Organization — formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 700,170 student members. The organization helps youths prepare for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

There are a total of 8,612 FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Oregon FFA is made up of more than 7,000 members in 107 chapters throughout the state.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more, visit the Oregon FFA Facebook page and #DriveAwayHunger. To learn more about FFA, visit www.oregonffa.com or www.ffa.org.


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