The Lubbock County Farm Bureau concluded its annual weeklong agriculture awareness event on Friday with a donation and some shopping help benefitting the Ronald McDonald House.
For the last 13 years, the county Farm Bureau and Farm Bureaus nationwide recognize this week as “Food Check-Out Week,” which represents the time it takes an American to earn enough money for groceries.
“For the average American, it takes 50 to 60 days of their earnings to pay for their meals and groceries throughout the year,” said Alan West, secretary and treasurer for the Lubbock County Farm Bureau.
This week also served to remind consumers the importance of a local thriving agriculture community and inform them that they still receive the cheapest, safest food and fiber in the world. In celebration of being a part of that accomplishment, Farm Bureaus team up with local groceries to provide food for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The county Farm Bureau donated $250 and United Supermarkets provided a matching amount to help feed the 17 families currently living in the Ronald McDonald House.
“When we use this money, we get a lot of things that don’t get donated to the house like fresh fruits and snack foods,” said Sarah Daghistany, the charity’s volunteer coordinator.
West and his son, Andy, even grabbed a cart to help the charity collect all the items on its grocery list.
By promoting “Food Check-Out Week” and educating the public about the work farmers do, Andy said people can see how agriculture directly benefits his family of farmers and the rest of the nation.
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