FFA Corn Drives for Camp - What is it?
For over 65 years, FFA chapters have supported True Friends Camp Courage by raising over $6.5 million dollars with their "Living to Serve" projects. Several FFA chapters conduct a corn or grain drive where farmers donate corn or other crops to the FFA members, sell it to local grain elevators, and then local FFA chapters donate 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 such as 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 raised $90 and donated it to True Friends Camp Courage - at the time Camp Courage was a camp serving campers with physical disabilities such as polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, as well as other congenital and acquired disabilities. 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 then more than $6.5 million has been raised to support True Friends and the children and adults with disabilities they serve.