Members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) visited the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls today, bringing $1,500 worth of groceries to stock the kitchen and kicking off the weekly delivery of fresh milk for the kitchens at both the Sanford and Avera McKennan campus Ronald McDonald Houses.

“Every year during Food Check-Out Week, South Dakota Farm Bureau is pleased to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, and this year we’re proud to have the most County Farm Bureaus participating and largest donation amount to date,” said Cindy Foster, Chair of the SDFB Women’s Leadership Team, a farmer from Fulton, S.D.  “It’s wonderful that 24 of our county organizations donated enough to deliver all of this food, and that Farm Bureau will be able to sponsor the weekly delivery of fresh milk to both Ronald McDonald Houses in Sioux Falls this year.”

In celebration of Farm Bureau’s annual “Food Check-Out Week” which recognizes the safe, abundant and affordable food provided by America’s farmers and ranchers, County Farm Bureaus from across South Dakota made contributions toward food for the families who use the services at the Ronald McDonald Houses.  Twenty-four County Farm Bureaus participated this year, contributing a record amount of $3,275.  This tops last year’s donation of $2,800. 

The Women’s Leadership Team shopped for the groceries in Dell Rapids at County Fair Foods and delivered $1,560 worth of food to the kitchen of the House near the Sanford Hospital campus on Lake Avenue.  As a follow-up, Farm Bureau will be arranging with the Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores to provide weekly delivery of fresh milk to the kitchens of both Ronald McDonald Houses in Sioux Falls.  Last year, SDFB began the weekly milk delivery program to the Sanford campus House, and this year expanded donations have made it possible to have milk delivered to the Houses near both Sanford and Avera McKennan.

“We would like to thank the South Dakota Farm Bureau for their continued support,” said Kevin Miles, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities South Dakota.  “Our mission is to help families have a home away from home, and being able to have supper together right here at the House is a fantastic gift for them.”