FW: Farm Bureau donates $2,600 of food to Ronald McDonald Houses – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail

Oregon Farm Bureau members purchased and donated more than $2,600 worth of groceries to Portland’s two Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a “home-away-from-home” for the families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment.

“Over the past 25 years, Farm Bureau has donated more than $40,000 worth of food to Portland’s Ronald McDonald Houses, purchased and delivered by family farmers and ranchers,” said Anne Rigor, member of the Oregon Farm Bureau Women’s Advisory Council. “Every day, farmers and ranchers contribute to society by raising the food we eat, but it’s also important for us to be involved in our communities. This donation is a project we raise money for and look forward to every year.”

The donation of groceries highlights the fact that family farmers and ranchers are to thank for growing the food Oregonians eat every day. The donation keeps the pantries of both houses full for months; families are able to cook their own meals while staying at the house.

“The average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm,” said Rigor. “Any opportunity to help consumers connect with the people who grow their food is a good one.”

Oregon agriculture boasts about 220 different commodities, including tree fruits, berries, a wide variety of vegetables, cattle, and dairy. Despite agriculture being the second-largest economic driver in the state, with a production value of $5.4 billion, less than 2 percent of Oregonians are farmers. About 98 percent of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated.

Oregon Farm Bureau has made annual donations to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Portland and Bend for more than 25 years. A donation of groceries to the Bend location will occur on June 9.

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