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For Immediate Release

Food donation spotlights 15th Food Check-Out Week

2/16/2012 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — For the 15th 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 - 24, draws attention to the fact U.S. consumers  enjoy the world’s safest and most nutritious food supply. It gives Farm Bureau leaders an opportunity to inform consumers how they may enjoy wholesome 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 work are the most efficient in the world and work hard to produce a wholesome and 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 Rob Clancy, president of the Ronald McDonald House board of directors.

“Many of our residents return late after spending the day at the hospital with and it’s comforting to know our pantry will be stocked with snacks and wholesome meals they can enjoy.”

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.


Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 210,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Ken Moore
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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