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Food Check Out Week

Food Check Out Week

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 8:00 pm

Food Check Out Week | Food Check Out Week

FOOD CHECK OUT WEEK — Representatives from Tennessee Farm Bureau recently traveled to Memphis to observe Food Check Out Week, spending $500 on food items which they then delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. This is an annual event in which Farm Bureau Women participate, with more than $2,500 benefiting the five Ronald McDonald Houses in the state. Food Check Out Week is celebrated to bring attention to the abundant, affordable, safe food available in the United States thanks to the efforts of America’s farmers. Americans spend less on their food (about 10 percent of income) than any other nation in the world. The group included (from left) Tennessee Farm Bureau president Lacy Upchurch; Kay Upchurch; Shelby County Farm Bureau president Tommy Morrison; District I Farm Bureau Women’s chairman and Obion County Farm Bureau Women’s chairman Brenda Baker; state Farm Bureau Women’s chairman Jane May; Tennessee Farm Bureau state director Katherine Via of Crockett County; Christine Parks, Jane Mitchell, Betty Parks and Lucinda German, all representing Fayette County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee; (not pictured) Amie Kohr of Shelby County Farm Bureau Women; Farm Bureau field staff Matt Fennell and Joe McKinnon; and Melissa Burniston of the Tennessee Farm Bureau communications department. They were given a tour of the Ronald McDonald House  by house director Don Smith and met some of the families staying there. The Ronald McDonald House houses 50 families of patients undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each family is housed and fed for up to three months through the donations of groups like Farm Bureau Women. Many local Farm Bureau Women’s groups donate to local charities during Food Check Out Week. The Obion County Farm Bureau Women also donated $250 to Reelfoot Rural Ministries for use in its day care lunch program and to help feed seniors.

Published in The Messenger 3.5.13

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