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Farm Bureau Kicks Off Our Food Link Program

Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation have officially kicked off the new "Our Food Link" program. Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee Chair Terry Gilbert says this 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. Gilbert says people want to know where their food comes from and who is growing or raising it. She says helping people connect with sources of clothing, food, shelter and energy in their communities is the foundation of the multi-faced new program.

According to Farm Bureau - 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. The connection between Farm Bureau and Ronald McDonald House Charities was forged in the mid-1990s. Farm Bureau members have donated more than three-million dollars in food and monetary contributions to Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities since that time.

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