The global population is expected to increase from 7.6 billion to 9.8 billion by 2050. The world needs to rise to the challenge of feeding 29 percent more people using the same amounts of today’s land and water. Those responsible for feeding growing populations are likely currently sitting in classrooms, playing on playgrounds or yet to be born.

The bottom line is youth are the future. That’s why Culver’s “Thank You Farmers Project” was created. In 2017, the nearly 650 Culver’s restaurants in 24 states and the chain’s support center donated more than $400,000 to agricultural-education initiatives by schools and organizations such as National FFA. Culver’s project donations to date total more than $1.7 million.

The project is entering its sixth year. About 75 percent of donations have come from Culver’s guests. Additional donations come from Culver’s funding of initiatives that benefit National FFA and its foundation. FFA supports more than 653,000 student members. The organization develops leadership and career success through agricultural education.

“Whether it’s donating $1 on Scoops of Thanks Day, pledging support on our restaurant walls or dining with us on a fundraising day, every contribution — big or small — from our guests makes a difference,” said Jessie Kreke, Culver’s senior marketing manager.

Culver’s restaurants will in 2018 continue to fundraise for initiatives and organizations like FFA that work toward solutions for feeding a growing population. Culver’s franchise system numbers nearly 650 restaurants in 24 states.

The FFA is a national youth organization with 8,568 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA alumni chapters.

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