Farmers and ranchers who belong to the South Dakota Farm Bureau visited the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls recently, bringing almost $1,000 worth of groceries plus the gift of fresh milk delivered weekly throughout the year.

“Farm Bureau is very pleased to be able to help families who are dealing with the illness of a child,” said Cindy Foster, a farmer from Fulton, S.D. and Chair of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Team. “A kitchen well-stocked with groceries and milk means that these families can have a snack or a meal that they don’t have to go out for and don’t have to pay for, alleviating one more concern and expense for these families who are going through a difficult time.”

Donations from County Farm Bureau organizations across the state made the grocery donation possible. In addition to the food delivered to the Sanford campus Ronald McDonald House, both Ronald McDonald Houses will receive weekly delivery of fresh milk throughout the year. Hy-Vee Food Stores in Sioux Falls helps coordinate the milk delivery. 

“I’d like to thank South Dakota Farm Bureau for all that they do for us,” said Kevin Miles, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota. “In the past year we’ve had over 1,200 families come through our charity, and it’s through gifts like this that we’re able to provide for them.”  The grocery donation to the Ronald McDonald House is South Dakota Farm Bureau’s way to celebrate “Our Food Link,” a program of the American Farm Bureau Federation that recognizes the safe, abundant and affordable food provided by America’s farmers and ranchers.

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