Agriculture News

March 27, 2019

Students will pack 150,000 meals to feed families in need as Purdue celebrates 150 years of Purdue agriculture

WEST LAFAYATTE, Ind. – On Tuesday (April 2) 150,000 meals will be packed by students to send to families in need for Hammer Down Hunger as part of the university’s 150th celebration and the eight annual Purdue Ag Week.

Hammer Down Hunger, a meal-packing event open to all students and campus organizations, will take place from 3-8 p.m. at the South End Zone of Ross-Ade Stadium. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. with special guests.

Purdue Ag Week, April 1-5, is hosted by students and created to engage with the campus community about the importance of agriculture.

Purdue Ag Week Task Force has added multiple events this year to celebrate Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. The yearlong celebration is highlighting Purdue’s remarkable history of giant leaps, while focusing on what giant leaps Purdue can take to address the world’s problems.

Purdue Ag Week events are all presented by College of Agriculture student organizations. Some other key events include:

*Milk Monday: An event emphasizing the value of the dairy industry. Members of the Purdue Dairy Club will give away hundreds of grilled cheese sandwiches and cartons of milk on April 1 (Monday) from 9 a.m.-noon outside Class of 1950 Lecture Hall.

*FFA Leadership Day at Purdue University: Indiana FFA students will be visiting campus on April 1 (Monday) for College of Agriculture tours and a workshop about transitioning FFA leadership into college leadership, presented by Luke O’Leary, FFA national president.

* Agriculture Expo: An event that welcomes agricultural businesses and organizations that sponsor Purdue Ag Week to Memorial Mall to engage with students about the diversity of the agriculture industry.

* Burger Bash: A free lunch that teaches students agricultural information about the parts of a hamburger will take place April 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Memorial Mall. 

*Fry-Day: Purdue Ag Week Task Force, Purdue Ag Council and Purdue Ag Ambassadors will come together to promote the journey that potatoes take from field to fork.

* College of Agriculture clubs and organizations: various clubs and organizations will be involved in Ag Week by hosting activities on Memorial Mall to represent their respective organizations throughout the week.   

Media contact: Emily Dougherty doughee@purdue.edu, 317-696-4434

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Department Head, mmanier@purdue.edu  

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