Annual FFA breakfast


Jasmine Ziegenhagen

Owatonna 2019-2020 FFA chapter gathers together at the community breakfast for a group photo

Jasmine Ziegenhagen, writer

Every year FFA (Future Farmers of America) hosts a community breakfast in the last week of February. The annual breakfast helps to connect the chapter to the community. Students are in charge of contacting catering services, and ordering food for breakfast.

The goal is to get a variety of foods to give a grab-and-go style for people in a hurry. There are options for food that people can sit down and eat as well. This year the food list included: egg bake, cinnamon roll, sausages, fresh fruit and muffins. For drinks: coffee, milk and other drinks are available. Agriscience teacher Ms. Jamie Gray said, “One thing I have noticed by doing this breakfast is how deep of a tradition the FFA is in Owatonna.”  The chapter tries to keep the food the same every year but with slight changes. This year’s Community breakfast was held today Feb. 28 from 6:30 a.m to 9 a.m.

Most community members that attend the breakfast have had a student in the program, have been in the programs themselves or know someone who is in the program. President of the chapter Senior Joshua Katzung said, “My favorite part of the breakfast is seeing all of the community members who give our chapter the opportunities we have. None of that would be possible without them.” The breakfast is a good opportunity for interaction between the chapter and members of the community. It is free to attend the community breakfast; however, donations are accepted. The donations help to pay for a lot of what the students get to participate in. They also help pay for busing costs and meals when they travel to attend supervised agricultural experience programs and career development events. Donations also fund big events such as the state convention and national convention where they stay overnight in hotels. Every year, FFA donates a determined amount of the money raised to different organizations like the food shelf or human society.