Farm Bureau volunteers go grocery shopping for a good cause

of Oregon Farm Bureau Posing with groceries are Oregon Farm Bureau members, from left, Gerry Casale, Anne Rigor, Connie Young, Tess Cersovski, Miriam Cersovski, and Helen Bushue. Kneeling is Molli Mitchel, house manager for the East Ronald McDonald House.

PORTLAND — Members of the Oregon Farm Bureau’s Women’s Advisory Council did a little grocery shopping this week. Bustling into Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Tualatin, they bought $2,684 worth of food and presented it to Ronald McDonald House Charities in Portland. The groceries become meals for families staying at a Ronald McDonald House while seriously ill children receive medical treatment.

It’s a cause the Women’s Advisory Council has supported for 25 years, providing more than $40,000 worth of food. Volunteers raise money through sales at country stores set up at Farm Bureau conventions, and county bureaus donate money as well, event coordinator Anne Rigor said.

The effort is for a good cause, Rigor said, particularly because some Farm Bureau families have used Ronald McDonald houses in the past. Haggen Food supports the effort, dedicating a checkout line to the Farm Bureau shoppers, she said. The shoppers saved $300 by buying Haggen brands.

“It’s fun,” Rigor said. “You know, we have a good time. We educate people about where their food comes from, and we have the satisfaction of being able to help families in need.”

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