The FFA convention won't be in Indianapolis next month because of COVID-19, but the organization is donating to a relief fund for the local hospitality industry.
The National FFA Organization announced Thursday that it is donating $10,000 to the Indiana Hospitality Relief Fund through the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association.
“The women and men in the Indianapolis hospitality industry always roll out the red carpet for our members and guests during our convention each October,” National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl said in a statement. “This unprecedented time has created hardships for many, and while we won’t be able to see our friends across the city in-person this fall, we wanted to let them know that we are still thinking of them, that we want to support them, and that we are looking forward to seeing them again in 2021.”
Traditionally during the national convention, FFA members also give back to the community through National Days of Service. This year, with the convention being held virtually, FFA employees will give back through a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the month. The FFA says it’s all part of a bigger initiative by the organization to have nationwide community engagement programs.
The national convention and expo typically brings more than 65,000 visitors to the city, with an economic impact of more than $35 million.