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Drive Away Hunger Initiative to collect donations at Les Schwab, Wilco or Grange Co-Op store through October.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON FFA - Oregon FFA members sort food products for the Drive Away Hunger Initiative, which lasts through October.Oregon FFA and Les Schwab Tires Centers are getting a jump start on the holiday season with their Drive Away Hunger Initiative to help raise food and awareness for those in need.

The initiative will take place during the month of October. To participate, folks can drop nonperishable food donations off at any Oregon Les Schwab Tire Center, Wilco or Grange Co-Op store through Oct. 31.

The timing of this initiative is important to help local food banks and pantries gear up for the upcoming holiday demands, according to a news release from Oregon FFA.

The initiative also helps FFA members live out their motto: "Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve."

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON FFA - Oregon FFA members use an assembly line to sort food for the drive."FFA members follow in the footsteps set by the employees at Les Schwab Tire Centers as you see them generously giving back to their local communities daily," the release said. "Over the past eight years, this effort has raised nearly 3 million meals for those in need."

The Oregon FFA is part of the National FFA organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. It is a national youth organization of 760,113 student members, all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are 8,817 local FFA chapters in al 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Oregon FFA is made up of more than 11,000 members in 109 chapters throughout the state, with chapters in Canby, Molalla and Colton. 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, per the release.

To learn more, visit the Oregon FFA Facebook page, #ORFFADriveAwayHunger, and lesschwab.com/drive-away-hunger.


Kristen Wohlers
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