It was unclear at press time whether the first Mustangs Against Hunger 5K raised its projected $2,000, but the weather was nice and the turnout was good, according to organizer Jewel Smith.
Smith, the 17-year-old daughter of Madisonville CISD Superintendent Keith Smith and technology instructor Laney Smith, planned the event as a project for the Texas FFA Association’s Ford Leadership Scholars program. She was one of just 10 youth selected for the program across Texas, and each recipient had to come up with a project based on leadership, action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement.
Mustangs Against Hunger raises funds for the Brazos Valley Food Bank, which fills backpacks to send home with elementary-aged students in Madisonville who are in danger of going hungry over the weekend.
“In our community, there is a need for that,” Smith said. “Without this program, there are kids that wouldn’t be able to eat until they go back to school on Monday.”
Smith, a standout on the Lady Mustang softball team, has participated in FFA throughout high school and was recently accepted into Texas A&M University, where she plans to major in animal science.