Future Farmers of America members are fighting hunger in Central Indiana as a part of their 85th National Convention in Indianapolis.
Wednesday, more than 10,000 FFA members, teachers, alumni and volunteers packaged food at Lucas Oil Stadium with the goal of feeding one million people.
About 500,000 meals will be distributed through Gleaners Food Bank to food pantries in Central and Southwest Indiana. The other half will be delivered to those in need in Haiti.
FFA's Rally to Fight Hunger is a convention-wide service event that educates FFA members about hunger and how they can help reduce it in their own communities.
A recent study from Feeding America showed that nearly one in four children in Indiana are at risk of going hungry and nearly 23 percent of Hoosier children may not know where their next meal is coming from.
The young people with FFA said they love being able to impact people's lives and help families in need.
"That's what FFA's about," said Trey Gardner from South Carolina, "leadership and helping other people grow and helping FFa members grow themselves. Helping people is just what we do."
"This is our way to give back through the Indy Hunger Network and through Gleaners for our young people to say we believe in your young people too and we hope these half million meals that stay here in Central Indiana can reduce hunger here," said Dwight Armstrong, CEO of National FFA.
Gleaners said the food being packaged at the FFA convention should begin to arrive at food pantries by next week.