FFA Corn Drives for Camp- What is it?
For over 60 years, FFA Chapters have helped True Friends Camp Courage by raising over $6 million dollars with their "Living to Serve" projects! Many FFA chapters conduct a corn or grain drive where farmers donate corn or other crops to the FFA members, sell it to the local grain elevators and then the local FFA Chapter gives the proceeds to True Friends.
However, not all chapters conduct a corn drive for their FFA "Living to Serve" fundraising project. Some chapters host activities like pancake breakfasts, dessert auctions, scrap metal drives, battery drives, flower sales, fruit sales and even a "kiss the goat" contest!
Corn Drive History
In 1953, after a large storm passed through southeastern Minnesota, Freeborn FFA Advisor, Lee Asche, had the idea to gather corn that fell to the ground and sell it to the local grain elevator. The Freeborn FFA Chapter took the money that was raised, $90, and donated it to Camp Courage (a camp for children with polio). The following school year, FFA Executive Secretary, Waino J. Kortesmaki, encouraged all Minnesota FFA Chapters to participate in the corn drive, fulfilling one of the FFA pillars, "Living to Serve." By 1979 donations from the FFA reached one million dollars, and since that time more than six millions dollars has been raised for children and adults with disabilities.