Farm Food Helping Families At Ronald McDonald House

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SCRANTON -- Farmers from five northeastern Pennsylvania counties got together to help the Ronald McDonald house in Scranton. Newswatch 16 was there as the farmers dropped off boxes of donated food.

This is where a lot of hard work paid off and came to an end: farmers dropped off donations at the Ronald McDonald House on Wheeler Avenue in Scranton.  Ronald McDonald and dairy princesses helped with the project.

The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families stay while their children are being treated at hospitals.

“The farmers produce an affordable, an abundant, amount of food and this is a way we can give back to the community, by supporting the Ronald McDonald House,” said Bonnie Latourette of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Latourette said the farmers had some help.  Some of the donations came from school children.

The Ronald McDonald House is one of the farm bureau's favorite charities, and they say their commitment doesn't end with the food donation. The farm bureau has also given money and services, such as landscaping around the house and at the lot next door.

Last year, more than 200 families stayed there, and the house's executive director tells us they appreciate every bag, box, can, and dollar they receive.

“When you have a house that serves hundreds of families a year, you need all the basics that every other house needs but you need it 235 times what you would for a regular family,” said Richard Bradshaw, executive director.

This is the fifteenth year the farmers have helped the Ronald McDonald house.