Sealed Air’s Food Care division has a long standing legacy as a contributing member of the agricultural industry, which is responsible for putting food on tables across the globe. Food Care knows that a little investment in the future leaders in agriculture today will pay dividends for our world tomorrow. With the help of passionate employees, like Jay Wilson, Vice President of Marketing for North America, the division identified the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) as an organization that helps prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.
October 24-27, 2017, Wilson joined President of Food Care, Karl Deily in attending the recent National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Deily participated in a CEO Roundtable at the event while Wilson represented Sealed Air on the FFA Sponsor Board and at various activities throughout the event. Wilson also represented Sealed Air in an interview (below) with RFD-TV, a channel which features programming devoted to rural issues, concerns and interests.
Wilson said, “[At the FFA convention a few years ago] I sat down with a freshman girl from Florida who began to describe her service project to me and how they were helping to feed the needy families in the community that she was in. So I began to connect the dots. As a packaging company, we’re passionate about minimizing food waste, and we see that as an avenue for helping to feed the hungry.”
Sealed Air’s sponsorship of FFA supported the organization’s hunger platform and its “Food For All” grant program. Both of these initiatives align with Sealed Air’s sustainability platform and are critical for helping FFA members take ownership of their motto – “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”
By combining our efforts to mitigate the effects of food waste, which contribute to global hunger, and supporting organizations like FFA, Sealed Air is creating a better way for life in the communities we serve.
Founded in 1928, FFA is the largest student organization in the United States, with over 649,000 students ranging in age from twelve to twenty-one years and more than 7,800 chapters located in every state.