Milk is important. New York State is the third largest dairy producer in the nation, and dairy remains the largest segment of the state’s agricultural sector.
Knowing these facts, the Madison Future Farmers of America were able to come up with an idea that would fulfill two needs — not only benefit the recipients of a milk donation but also the farmers who produce this important product.
This year the FFA decided to take the proceeds from a planned fundraiser and use those funds to purchase milk to donate.
Rome Rescue Mission was the chosen recipient of this year’s project, and in order to make their money go even further, the students contacted Byrne Dairy and Stewarts Shops, who each donated milk to supplement the milk purchased by the students.
The FFA Chapter purchased 68 gallons of milk to donate; this was supplemented with a donation of 24 gallons from Stewart’s Shops and 28 gallons from Byrne Dairy allowing a total of 120 gallons of milk that were donated to the Rome Rescue Mission.This milk was given to their clients to bring home to their families and used in the Rescue Mission for meals and food preparation.
We agree with Paul Perry, Madison Central School agriScience teacher and FFA Advisor: “The students were able to identify a single activity that they could meet both of these needs. The leadership that they showed in planning and executing this activity, all while thinking of others demonstrates that these students are getting ready for the kinds of questions and challenges that they will need to solve in their future,”