Edward Jones Investments donated $500 to the Breckenridge FFA s participation in the AgTexas Tractor Drive. The donation helped kick off the Breckenridge
Edward Jones Investments donated $500 to the Breckenridge FFA s participation in the AgTexas Tractor Drive. The donation helped kick off the Breckenridge FFA s Hog Smokin Tailgate Party on Oct. 4. On hand to witness the event were (l to r) Breckenridge FFA advisor Justin Hopkins, Zach Berry, Edward Jones Wayne Jones, Melissa Parker, Nick Reynolds, Gary Glick, and Breckenridge FFA Advisor Tiffany Holland. (Rob Durham)
Imagine eradicating food insecurities in Stephens County, combining school with community while assisting Breckenridge FFA win a John Deere tractor all in one action of generosity?
The Breckenridge FFA chapter has partnered with The 2013 AgTexas Tractor Drive and would like to invite Breckenridge to join their efforts to drive hunger out of rural Texas.
The Tractor Drive features a John Deere 5045D tractor covering 1,000 miles and 23 counties in 60 days while raising awareness and promoting FFA Chapter events raising funds for the Texas Food Bank Network.
Because of sponsors, 100 percent of all contributions collected during the course of the Drive will go to TFBN.
Their purchasing power and regional food banks allow them to leverage each dollar donated to buy $5 of needed groceries.
According to Mitchell Harris, CEO of AgTexas Farm Credit Services, the need in the Tractor Drive area is bigger than most think.
One in 10 families live below the poverty line and one in every five children is exposed to poverty.
The chapter that raises the greatest amount of donations on a per member basis will win the actual tractor used during the course of the tractor drive.
A tractor would be utilized for educational purposes as well as future fund raising.
This tractor would serve not only as a reward for effort but also as a representation of the FFA motto: Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.

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   Breckenridge has until Wednesday, Oct. 30, to raise as many funds as possible to benefit Stephens County food banks. Making a monetary donation via cash or check is the best way to support the endeavors of this amazing group of young leaders. Their goal is a feasible one but it has to be a community crusade.
Edward Jones Investments-Breckenridge kicked off the drive by presenting a donation check for $500 to the FFA Food Drive in honor of sophomore Zach Berry, with the hope that others will be inspired to give what they can to achieve this goal as a community.
“When (Breckenridge FFA Advisor) Justin (Hopkins) brought this opportunity to my attention, I was all in. It is so important for local businesses to support the community that supports them,” said Edward Jones Investments-Breckenridge's Gary Glick. “I feel there is no greater cause than making sure Stephens County never goes hungry.”
Cash or checks may be dropped off at the BHS Ag Building with Justin Hopkins or Tiffany Holland.
Awareness was brought to the community on Oct. 2 at the Breckenridge High School homecoming parade with more than 60 tractors participating in the event.
If you would like your donation picked up, you can call 325-513-2483 to leave a message.