Farm Bureau Kicks Off Our Food Link Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2014-Farmer and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the country officially kicked off the organization's new "Our Food Link" program in conjunction with a conference for state leaders of Women's Leadership and Promotion & Education programs.

"Our Food Link is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today's agriculture," explained Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. The AFBWLC spearheads the program with participation open to all Farm Bureau members.

"People want to know where their food comes from and who is growing or raising it," Gilbert said. "Helping people connect with sources of clothing, food, shelter and energy in their communities is the foundation of this multi-faced new program," she said.

Our Food Link activities range from outreach at supermarkets or farmers' markets to hosting interactive booths at community events, speaking with lawmakers and neighbors about food and visiting classrooms to help students understand agricultural topics. Other program ideas include: an Adopt-a-Farmer program, fun runs, garden projects and "Zest 'n Zing" or other foodie events. Our Food Link activities may also include the collection of food and monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities or other charities.

About 15 Farm Bureau members shopped for and donated food to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., this week. The connection between Farm Bureau and Ronald McDonald House Charities was forged in the mid-1990s. Since then, Farm Bureau members have donated more than $3 million in food and monetary contributions to Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities.

The Our Food Link planning toolkit and publicity tools may be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1j1jH5H. Download photos from this week's event in Washington at http://www.flickr.com/photos/farmbureau/sets/72157641914276125/.

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