Local farm group was accompanied by state official as they bought groceries.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - The Jefferson County Farm Bureau hosted a shopping trip for the Ronald McDonald House in Bend at Erickson's Thriftway in Madras. In the back, from left to right, are Janice Flegel, of the Crook-Wheeler County Farm Bureau, who is Oregon Farm Bureau's fourth vice president and Women's Advisory Council chairwoman, Kristie Glaser, of the Linn County Farm Bureau, who is the Women's Advisory Council's vice chairwoman, Kendra Glaser, Sue Vanek, president of Jefferson County Farm Bureau, and Mickey Killingsworth, secretary and treasurer of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. In the carts, are, on the left, Gideon Flegel, and on the right, Jace Vanek.
The Jefferson County Farm Bureau hosted a grocery shopping trip to buy food for the Ronald McDonald House in Bend, at Erickson's Thriftway in Madras on June 10.

While the Jefferson County bureau hosted, the money for the annual trip was raised through the Oregon Farm Bureau's Women's Advisory Council and through donations from other county farm bureaus. This year, $3,100 was raised specifically for the Bend Ronald McDonald House.

The Farm Bureau does a separate trip each year, and separate fundraising, to supply food to the two Ronald McDonald House locations in Portland as well.

Ann Marie Moss, the communications director for the Oregon Farm Bureau, who came to join the shopping trip, said the National Farm Bureau has a long standing support of the Ronald McDonald House, and while some states have decided to raise money for other programs instead, Oregon still supports the medical housing program.

She said that part of the reason it is so important to support the Ronald McDonald house is because rural residents use the service more than those who live closer to the city.

The Ronald McDonald House offers families a place to stay, close by, when their child has to be in the hospital. The service is provided free of charge to the family with the idea that caring for their child and being together during a difficult time is the most important thing.

The houses keep fully stocked pantry where the families can find food to prepare meals. The groceries bought on the Farm Bureau shopping trips help to keep those pantry shelves stocked.

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