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Food donations spotlight 16th Food Check-Out Week

Farm Bureau helps stock pantry at Ronald McDonald House

2/15/2013 at 12:00 a.m.


LITTLE ROCK — For the 16th year, Arkansas Farm Bureau’s state women’s committee is helping stock the food pantry at Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald House in commemoration of Food Check-Out Week.   

The national observance, Feb. 17-23, draws attention to the fact U.S. consumers  enjoy the world’s safest and most nutritious food supply. It also gives the organization’s volunteer leaders an opportunity to inform consumers how to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals on a budget. 

The women’s committee is continuing its partnership with Ronald McDonald House by presenting a gift of $4,000, which the staff will use to purchase easy-to-prepare meals and non-perishable food items for residents. The facility serves as a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“Food Check-Out Week gives us a platform to have conversations with consumers about how they can stretch their grocery dollar with healthy, nutritious food.” said Randy Veach of Manila, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. “Plus, it allows us to remind them that the farmers and ranchers of our state and nation work hard every day to produce a safe and abundant food supply.”

“We are grateful for our relationship with Arkansas Farm Bureau and its generous contribution,” said Susan Miller, chair of the Ronald McDonald House board of directors.  “We look forward to our reunion with the committee during Food Check-Out Week each year. Many of our residents return late after spending the day at the hospital with their child and it’s comforting to know our pantry will be stocked with food they can enjoy.”

Farm Bureau women’s committees across the state will observe Food Check-Out Week in their communities by making food and cash donations to local food banks and women’s shelters, setting up displays and having conversations with shoppers at supermarkets. 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

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

or

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

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