A recent service event at Rusk High School gave students an opportunity to get involved and help others.
On Tuesday, students helped pack 22,848 meals in the high school gymnasium, according to Rusk ISD.
Brian Martin, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Rusk High School, said the students rotated through packing sessions, and although the Rusk FFA program coordinated the effort, all high school students could participate. He said 75 percent of the meals will feed people in Guatemala, while 25 percent were for the local food pantry in Rusk.
The event is “not just about providing meals. … It’s also about teaching our students about giving back to the community and the importance of that,” he said.
Rusk FFA Vice President Christian Holman said in a news release, “I felt like we made a difference and were reminded that it’s not just about ourselves. It’s sad how we have so much when so many have so little; today inspired me to change that. I will never use the term ‘I’m starving’ again.”
Martin said the Rusk FFA program aims to do a lot of community service and give back. Last year, a group of students attended the National FFA Convention in Indiana, where they learned about Kids Against Hunger, which has a mission “to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world.”
After the convention, he said students wanted to get involved locally, so they contacted the closest Kids Against Hunger satellite location, which was First United Methodist Church in Livingston. According to a news release, the students then worked with church staff to coordinate Tuesday’s event.
Martin said the Rusk FFA has asked the community to help with the cost of providing the meals, which is about $3,000. According to a news release, about one-third of the funds had been raised as of Tuesday afternoon.