Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s Food Check-Out that runs this week focuses on helping Arizona families stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious and yummy food. Part of the celebration occurs at the state capitol this Thursday, February 24th.
Online PR News – 24-February-2011 – – Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s Food Check-Out that runs this week focuses on helping Arizona families stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious and yummy food. Part of the celebration occurs at the state capitol this Thursday, February 24th.
NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace joins Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s Womenâ€™s Leadership Committee as they deliver homemade apple pies to Arizonaâ€™s state representatives and senators at the Capitol from 10a.m. to noon this Thursday. Made by local Willcox apple farmer Ann Holcomb, of Apple Annieâ€™s, each apple pie will also contain information about Arizonaâ€™s $10.3 billion agriculture industry.
Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s Food Check-Out Week is aimed at helping Arizona families learn how to shop strategically to put nutritious meals on the table with fewer dollars. â€śLearning to use your grocery dollars wisely helps ensure that nutrition isnâ€™t neglected,â€ť according to Sharla Mortimer, Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s Womenâ€™s Leadership Committee Chair and rancher from Yavapai County.
â€śFruits and vegetables â€“ along with whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, beans, eggs and nuts â€“ are an important part of a healthy diet. Buying fresh produce when itâ€™s in season costs less, while buying frozen fruits and vegetables when theyâ€™re not in season, is a smart way to stretch that dollar,â€ť says Mortimer.
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kenny Wallace, who serves as spokesperson for family farmers for the 2011 racing season on behalf of the Family Farmer coalition that includes the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB), the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC), and Marquis Energy, is collaborating with Arizona Farm Bureauâ€™s agriculture women since heâ€™s here for this Saturdayâ€™s NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. His first race of the season, Wallace will be driving the Number 09 Toyota Camry car.
â€śWe know that Kenny is a strong driver and he has a fast car in the RAB number 09 Camry. But even better than that, he has proven to be a strong advocate for family farmers with a voice that is recognized and respected. Phoenix is a long way from Illinois, but we know that farmers and ranchers all over the country hold the same values: family, pride in their country, and pride in what they do,â€ť says Scott Stirling, ICMB Chairman and family farmer from Martinton, IL.
Wallace has competed in over 800 events in NASCARâ€™s top-three divisions, including 488 Nationwide Series starts with nine wins, 10 poles, 63 top-five and 159 top-10 finishes. In addition to his on-track accomplishments, Wallace is recognized as one of NASCARâ€™s most popular drivers and has been awarded the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver award three times in 1991, 1994 and 2006.
â€śGetting to know the hard working family farmers of this country has been a fantastic experience for me,â€ť Wallace says. â€śIâ€™m so excited to be their spokesperson, sharing the truth about what they do and the products and food that are made from their crops.â€ť
â€śThe best part is that Iâ€™ve come to understand that our nationâ€™s farmers are just like you and me. They want whatâ€™s best for their families, just like us. And like me as a NASCAR driver, they are responsible for their own work and take that responsibility very seriously. Iâ€™m humbled that theyâ€™ve chosen me to be their advocate with dedicated racing fans,â€ť Wallace continued.
About the Arizona Farm Bureau and Food Check-Out Week:
The Arizona Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and improving the Agriculture industry through member involvement in education, political activities, programs and services. Go to www.azfb.org to learn more. To obtain â€śStretch Your Food Dollarâ€ť menu and nutrition information go to www.fillyourplate.org. As a member services organization, individuals can become a member by contacting the Farm Bureau.
Now in its 13th year, Food Check-Out Week also highlights Americaâ€™s safe, abundant and affordable food supply, made possible largely by Americaâ€™s productive farmers and ranchers. According to the most recent (2009) information from the USDAâ€™s Economic Research Service, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 10 percent of their disposable personal income for food.
Womenâ€™s Leadership Committee Representatives at the Capitol on Thursday
â€˘ Sharla Mortimer, Dewey (Ranching and Plant Nursery)
â€˘ Linda Merrell, Duncan (Ranching)
â€˘ Wendy Cavalliere, Yucca (Ranching)
â€˘ Sonia Gasho, Pearce (Ranching)
â€˘ Vickie Parks, Flagstaff (Ranching)
â€˘ Diann Prechel, Casa Grande (cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay)
â€˘ Jeannette Fish, Phoenix (staff)
â€˘ Sine Kerr, Buckeye (dairy)
â€˘ Jean McGrath, Peoria (Plant Nursery)
â€˘ Sheila Van Hofwegen, Tolleson (alfalfa hay)
â€˘ Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Mesa (staff)