LITTLE ROCK — For the 14th year, Arkansas
Farm Bureau will donate more than three months worth of non-perishable
food items and easy-to-prepare meals to Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald
House in commemoration of Food Check-Out Week.
The national observance, Feb. 20 - 26, draws attention to
the fact U.S. consumers enjoy the world’s safest, most abundant, and
affordable food supply. It gives Farm Bureau leaders an opportunity to
inform consumers how they may enjoy nutritious meals on a budget.
Arkansas Farm Bureau’s state women’s committee will make its
annual visit to Ronald McDonald House Feb. 22 and share the bounty of
our nation’s food supply by stocking the pantry. The facility serves as
a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children
receiving treatment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
“American farmers and ranchers produce the world’s safest
and most abundant food supply,” said Randy Veach of Manila, president
of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “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.”
“We are grateful for our relationship with Arkansas Farm
Bureau and look forward to the ladies making their annual visit,” said
Tim Carney, president of the Ronald McDonald House board of directors.
“Many of our residents return late after spending the day at
the hospital and it’s nice to know the pantry is stocked with snacks
and food they can prepare quickly and easily.”
Farm Bureau women across the state will observe Food Check-Out
Week in their communities by making donations to local food banks,
setting up displays and sharing the message with shoppers at
supermarkets, and other locations.