Area Farm Bureau Members Support Local Charity During Food Check-Out Week

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Farm Bureau Women in 10 north central Florida counties recently delivered nearly 100 gallons of beverage pop-tops to the Ronald McDonald House in Tallahassee in conjunction with the 2014 Food Check-Out Week celebration. The donation reflected a Farm Bureau tradition of community service throughout Florida.
Local Farm Bureau Women’s Committees from Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Taylor, Madison, Jefferson, Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden Counties have been collecting the pop-top tabs since last September, and all were delivered to the Tallahassee charity.  The tabs are used to help pay for the facility’s monthly utility bills. Brenda Land, district Women’s Chair, said the tabs provide needed dollars for charitable organizations.
According to Land, Food Check-Out Week is an event that promotes the wholesome, abundant and nutritious food supply we all enjoy in our nation.  It takes nearly 45 days for the average U.S. family of four to work at jobs to earn enough money to pay for the family’s entire food bill for the year, added Land.  This fact means that food is still a bargain in America.
Members of the Women’s Committees and other volunteers also donated more than $1,000 worth of Florida produced meats, fruits and vegetables to the Tallahassee charity. In addition, they provided $300 in Publix gift certificates to purchase fresh milk and dairy products during the coming year. Beef, pork and chicken items included in the donation filled two upright freezers at the Ronald McDonald house.
After the food was safely put in the freezers and food pantry, the Farm Bureau Women prepared a great “country style” meal of fried chicken, butter beans, turnip greens and cornbread for all who attended. Several legislative aides and members of the Ronald McDonald House board of directors were also on hand to enjoy the celebration and the noon luncheon. Farm Bureau volunteers have been sponsoring this event on behalf of the facility for more than 10 years.
County Farm Bureau members have already begun collecting for next year’s Food Check-Out Week activity.  Staff members and volunteers welcome donations of pull-tabs at any local Farm Bureau office.

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