BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (September 1, 2009) – Officials at Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt have recently announced that they will serve as the sponsor and co-sponsor respectively of Harvest for America, an FFA Alumni-led program aimed at collecting food donations for those in need in five states across the country – Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Michigan.
With the assistance of Tractor Supply officials, FFA Alumni members will be responsible for working with current FFA members to promote and organize events and collection sites while working closely with local food banks to ensure proper distribution. Tractor Supply will provide each participating FFA chapter with donation bins, promotional materials and space for bins inside each participating Tractor Supply store.
“Tractor Supply Company has been a proud FFA sponsor for more than 24 years,” said Jonathan Swiskow, director of marketing at Tractor Supply. “Our partnership in the Harvest for America program not only strengthens our stewardship in developing the future leaders of our agriculture industry, but, more importantly, it’s helping feed those in need during a tough economic time.”
The series of food drives in the participating states will be conducted over a six month period. During that time, each participating FFA chapter will be required to organize three food drive events as well as organize one food drive in conjunction with an existing local event or develop one independent event during that time. In addition to Tractor Supply stores, collection bins will be available at grocery stores, high school football games, and other heavy traffic sites where FFA students feel will generate substantial food donations.
The FFA chapter from each participating state with the highest number of donations will receive a number of incentives including a free trip to the FFA National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., a free trip to their state FFA Leadership Conference and a $500 Tractor Supply gift card. Also three FFA members will be selected for a free trip to the Tractor Supply Manager’s Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 830 stores in 44 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.
About Carhartt, Inc
Established in 1889, Carhartt, Inc. exists to provide best-in-class, durable products for the active worker. Carhartt is a family owned, consumer focused, global company that is respectful of its heritage. We lead the way in developing durable, premium, high quality products and services for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national
youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the
science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50
states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural
education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by
developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.