The Washington County Farm Bureau is asking the community to participate in Food Check-Out Week. The canned food drive will benefit local food pantries.
During the week of Feb. 17 to 23, there will be two drop-off sites for collection of canned goods.
The first location is Misty Meadow Creamery, 14325 Misty Meadow Road in the Ringgold/Smithsburg area.
For every two nonperishable canned goods dropped off, donors will receive one free scoop of ice cream, compliments of the owners of Misty Meadow Creamery.
The second drop-off site is STAR Equestrian Center, at 13757 Broadfording Road.
The Food Check Out Week connection between Farm Bureau and Ronald McDonald House Charities was forged more than a decade ago. Since the program was initiated in the mid-1990s, Farm Bureau members have donated more than $3 million in food and monetary contributions to Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities during Food Check Out Week.
The third week of February is selected for Food Check Out Week as a way to celebrate American Food. The week also reflects the agricultural community’s commitment to producing safe, abundant and healthy food.
The local Farm Bureau represents residents and members of Washington County, and is part of the Maryland Farm Bureau. The Farm Bureau’s purpose is to increase net farm income and improve the quality of life by providing a legislative voice, increasing public understanding and promoting member involvement.
The Maryland Farm Bureau is a private, nonprofit membership organization. It is controlled by its members through the democratic process and is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of more than 30,620 member families that belong to the state’s 23 county farm bureaus. The American Farm Bureau Federation represents more than 6.2 million member families in more than 2,800 counties.
The county farm bureau meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7:30 p.m.