The American Farm Bureau Federation and the soybean checkoff recently launched a new joint Facebook page to promote national Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 21-27. The week recognizes and celebrates the commitment of America’s farmers and ranchers to producing safe, healthy and abundant food.

The week’s theme this year is “Stretching Your Food Dollar with Healthy, Nutritious Food,” in recognition of the current economic conditions.

During Food Check-Out Week, AFBF has committed to donate $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every person who becomes a fan of the new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NationalFoodCheckoutWeek), up to $5,000. 

By lending support to this important cause the soybean checkoff will help demonstrate that America’s soybean farmers remain committed to producing a safe, healthy, abundant and affordable supply of soy. Food Check-Out Week allows U.S. soybean farmers the opportunity to share with consumers that both groups face similar issues–putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget.

“We are thankful to have partners such as the soybean checkoff as part of this new awareness effort, which will benefit the Galveston Ronald McDonald House directly,” says Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer and chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.

The Galveston Ronald McDonald House in Texas sustained major structural damage during Hurricane Ike, which devastated southern Texas in 2008. The Facebook fan page contains valuable information about how the Galveston facility and others around the nation help families with seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment.

AFBF promotes the week through activities involving Farm Bureaus at local and state levels across the United States.

The third week of February was selected for Food Check-Out Week as a bridge to National Nutrition Month in March. For more information on Food Check-Out Week go to

Source: United Soybean Board