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McKenzie FFA Honored by Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Posted 5/8/19

McKENZIE (May 1) — McKenzie Future Farmers of America (FFA) members were honored for their service to the Hunters for the Hungry program. Matt Simcox, manager of the Hunters for the Hungry, …

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McKenzie FFA Honored by Tennessee Wildlife Federation

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McKENZIE (May 1) — McKenzie Future Farmers of America (FFA) members were honored for their service to the Hunters for the Hungry program. Matt Simcox, manager of the Hunters for the Hungry, presented the local students and their teacher, Lindsey Parham, with the silver bowl trophy for their work to help in the stewardship program. They won second in the state. Christian Brothers High School in Memphis won first.
Hunger Challenge is an initiative of the Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program, which connects food banks and soup kitchens with caring deer hunters. Hunger Challenge was launched in 2013 to provide a way for youth to participate in this effort. The point-based competition among high school clubs not only raises critical funds to help feed hungry families, but also serves as an educational experience for students. By participating, students gain important skills in leadership, club-building, humanitarianism, and philanthropy.
“Tennessee Wildlife Federation works hard to engage youth in the outdoors. Hunger Challenge is just one example of how we successfully do that,” said Matt Simcox. “Club involvement teaches stewardship, respect, and commitment to these high school students. And, by nature of the challenge, promotes a conservation mindset. The Federation is proud of these students and grateful for their contributions.
Statewide, 12 schools participated. McKenzie FFA students assisted in the Hunters for the Hungry clay target shoot at the Carroll County Sports Shooting Park in 2018 and assisted with food distributed for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Students also encouraged local deer hunters to donate their harvest to local processors who donate the meat the hungry. The FFA students were honored, in part, for their many volunteer hours.

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