Gov. Robert Bentley sent Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley a text message on Wednesday, asking her to tell those involved in the Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign that he grew up eating Fayette-produced Golden Eagle Syrup on his biscuits every morning.
“His mother had the best biscuits, and how she got up every morning and made them, I don’t know,” Dianne Bentley told a group at the 2014 campaign kickoff at the Capital City Club. “Alabama has some of the best products in the world, so it is my privilege to join with you in promoting it. It’s an industry that drives our economy and it keeps food on our tables.”
The Alabama Grocers Association, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Food Manufacturers and Producers Association met Wednesday to kick off the campaign, which is designed to inform and educate consumers on what products are made, produced, manufactured and/or headquartered in the state.
A portion of the sale of participating Alabama products during the months of March and September will go to Children’s of Alabama to help find a cure for childhood cancer. To date, efforts have raised over half a million dollars.
Beginning in March, retailers all over the state will be supporting this campaign in their stores with Alabama product displays, ads, signage, special promotions and will sell Children’s of Alabama icons to support the fight to find a cure for pediatric cancer. When consumers shop in their local grocery store, they should look for the Buy Alabama’s Best logo.
“The care and support that we’ve gotten from Alabama’s Best and the Alabama’s Grocer Association allows for us to take care of these kids in a nurturing and loving way, and not just with medicine itself,” said Emily Hornak, with Children’s Miracle Network. “Another really amazing part of what you all do in this partnership allows for these families to have access to Alabama’s Best products. It really does mean so much to them.”
Agriculture is a $70.4 billion-a-year industry in the state, with $2 billion of that as a result of Alabama food product sales. That money has an impact on the state’s economy, tax base, and along with the grocery and food service industries, employ one out of every four Alabamians.
“We are very proud to be a part of this program,” said Patrick Moody, legal counsel at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Since 2006, the Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign has raised $523,445 to fight pediatric cancer. A check was recently presented to the UAB division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology for $88,295, which was the total raised through the Buy Alabama’s Best Campaign in 2013.
“We pride ourselves in being able to take care of these children and families and siblings when they come to our hospital … so they don’t necessarily feel that they are missing their childhood, or (that) they are not able to be a kid because they are sick at that moment,” said Hornak. “The average length of stay for a child in the hospital is six days. But when you look at a child who has childhood cancer, they’re there for…
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