The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation State Women’s Leadership Committee recently culminated their annual service project for the Ronald McDonald House by donating supplies and $6,500 to the charity. 

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi has been serving families throughout the state since 1989. The house provides a “home away from home” for families who have critically ill children receiving treatment in Jackson. The State Women’s Leadership Committee partnered with county Farm Bureaus across the state to collect supplies that go directly to Mississippi families during their time of need.

“Farm Bureau’s support has allowed our families to not worry about financial responsibility while they are here,” said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Ruth Anne Allen. “The supplies they collect keep our facility filled with items that our families use daily.” 

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is near and dear to the hearts of the MFBF  State Women’s Leadership Committee.  

“This place is such a relief for these families and it is such a privilege to continue this work,” said State Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Betty Mills. 

For over a decade, the Farm Bureau women have supported the Ronald McDonald House, impacting Mississippians from all over the state. The Ronald McDonald House provides resources for families to stay together when they need it most. 

“The greatest thing about the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is that they represent the entire state and that’s where our families come from, not just one area,” Allen said. “These women understand what’s going on with the families because they come from their communities”.

Supporting the community by keeping people together has been one of the greatest challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the help of their supporters, the Ronald McDonald House has continued to meet this need. 

“I believe all of us have realized during the past year how important it is to have family near when someone is sick and possibly dying,”  Allen said. 

Moving forward, Farm Bureau plans to continue supporting the work of the Ronald McDonald House. 

“We are so happy to fill the needs for all these families, and I pray that we will always be able to do this for them,”  Mills said.