BEN BOLT – The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco FFA chapter was awarded a Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $1,200.

The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement during the fall semester.

BBPB FFA plans to help address local hunger by creating a community garden to provide their community with fresh produce. FFA members will be working with younger students to teach them how to grow plants and the importance of helping others. The service of creating a community garden will not only meet individual needs by providing access to fresh produce, but also create opportunities for FFA members to become empowered to become leaders by encouraging them to take on roles educating others and managing responsibilities in the garden, all of which reflect the values of service learning and the importance of human relationships.

In addition, BBPB FFA will host two “Backyard Gardening 101” workshops to help community members learn the benefits of backyard gardening and how to start up their own gardens.

For more information, visit their Chapter Website at

The program provided over $60,000 to FFA chapters in 19 states and Puerto Rico. Living to Serve Grants are sponsored by CoBank, CSX, Tractor Supply Company, Chevrolet, Cargill, Domino’s, Elanco and Sealed Air. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, visit

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.