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For Immediate Release

Farm Bureau donation to Ronald McDonald House commemorates Food Check-Out Week Feb. 21-27

2/18/2010 at 12:00 a.m.


LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau will donate more than three months worth of meals and food items to Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald House, in observance of the 13th annual Food Check-Out Week .  

The national observance, Feb. 21-27, draws attention to the fact the United States continues to enjoy the world’s most abundant and affordable food supply, while giving Farm Bureau leaders an opportunity to inform the public about how they may enjoy nutritional meals on a budget.

For the past 13 years, Farm Bureau’s state women’s committee has partnered with Ronald McDonald House by donating easy-to-prepare, single-serving meals residents can enjoy. The facility serves as a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“America is fortunate to have the world’s safest and most affordable food supply,” said Randy Veach of Manila, Arkansas Farm Bureau president. “Food Check-Out Week gives us a platform to share that message with consumers and let them know how they can stretch their grocery dollar with healthy, nutritious food.”

Gov. Mike Beebe has issued a proclamation designating Feb. 21-27 as Food Check-Out Week in Arkansas. The Farm Bureau women will participate in a luncheon for state legislators Feb. 23 to remind them of the importance of agriculture as the state’s largest industry.

“We are grateful for our relationship with Arkansas Farm Bureau and look forward to the women’s committee making its food donation each year,” said Tim Carney, president of the Ronald McDonald House board of directors. “During these difficult times economically, it’s a blessing for our residents to know the pantry is stocked with food they can prepare quickly and easily.”

Food Check-Out Week also recognizes the efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers to increase their productivity and ensure a stable food supply.

“Our food production system is the most efficient in the world,” said Veach, “with farmers and ranchers constantly adapting to new technologies and implementing the latest in agricultural research. This results in increased production and helps hold food prices down. We think that’s a message worth sharing.”

Farm Bureau women across the state will observe Food Check-Out Week in their hometowns by making donations to local food banks, setting up displays and sharing the message with shoppers at supermarkets, and other locations.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Ken Moore
ken.moore@arfb.com
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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