Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) celebrated the start of the 18th year of its “Farmers Care” campaign by donating food, money, supplies and other contributions worth more than $12,600 to the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  Meanwhile, similar events are scheduled to take place over the next few months at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Danville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

Members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau unload food and other donations as part of the Farmers Care event at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. Volunteers from county Farm Bureaus located in South Central Pennsylvania donated $12,665.55 in money, food and other supplies to benefits families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

Members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau unload food and other donations as part of the Farmers Care event at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. Volunteers from county Farm Bureaus located in South Central Pennsylvania donated $12,665.55 in money, food and other supplies to benefits families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Farmers Care charitable campaign, which is spearheaded by PFB’s Women’s Leadership Committee, demonstrates how Farm Bureau members across the Commonwealth truly care about the people in their community.  The collection of food, money and other donations is just one way Pennsylvania farmers are showing their support for people and organizations in need.

“Pennsylvania farmers truly care about the quality of the food they produce,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.  “The hard work they put into raising healthy animals and growing fresh fruits and vegetables is well worth the effort, knowing they are providing safe food for their friends, neighbors and consumers.”

Over the first 17 years of the program, PFB has raised more than $950,000 worth of contributions to Ronald McDonald Houses in Pennsylvania.  In addition, some county Farm Bureaus collect food and other donations for local food banks and other needy organizations across the state.

PFB selected the Ronald McDonald Houses because of the outstanding job they do to provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals.

“These houses help reduce some of the emotional and financial stress on families with sick children, and can be especially helpful for families living in rural communities who must travel long distances to be with their children at specialized hospitals,” added Ebert.