Members of the Warsaw FFA chapter participated in a meal-packing event during the Indiana FFA held Foundations In Reaching Excellence (F.I.R.E.) Conference.

FFA members from across Indiana came together at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center as part of the F.I.R.E. Conference and filled baskets with food items to take back to deserving members of their local communities. Throughout the three weekend conferences, over 200 baskets were filled by FFA members for those in need, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.

Each FFA chapter was asked to bring food items to fill the baskets. These items included canned corn, canned green beans, macaroni and cheese and boxed potatoes. The Indiana FFA, with the support of Ceres Solutions Cooperative, provided the baskets and gift cards for those in need across Indiana.

Ceres Solutions is a cooperative that invests each year in reducing food insecurity in the Indiana and Michigan communities where the company does business, the news release states.

The gift cards will fund the meal’s protein, such as turkey, chicken or ham for the families.

Representatives from Ceres Solutions Cooperative attended the meal-packing event in a show of support for the students. Laurel Mann, a Ceres staff member, said, “It is so rewarding to see these student leaders come together to serve our local communities. On behalf of the employees and farmer-owners of our company, we are extremely proud to support FFA.”

Warsaw FFA Chapter member Lillian Haywood participated in the meal packing and said, “It was such a rewarding opportunity to help community members all across Indiana, it is truly special to give back to those who need us.”

Warsaw FFA chapter members delivered the meals to Combined Community Service once they returned home from the F.I.R.E. Conference.

The F.I.R.E Conference focused on learning about life after high school, creating GREAT Goals, how to develop mentor relationships with younger members, and taking students’ leadership skills to the next level.

The title sponsors for the F.I.R.E. Conference are Ivy Tech Community College and Wabash Valley Power Alliance.