Food Check Out Week: Feb. 16-22

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 Kentucky Farm Bureau leaders across the state are celebrating national “Food Check-Out Week,” Feb. 16-22, to mark the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food.

While consumer food prices are not exempt from the constant changes that impact our nation’s economy, the cost of food is not nearly as cumbersome as many other expenses. The average American earns enough to pay for his or her annual food costs by the seventh week of the year, but, according to research conducted by the Tax Foundation, that same person would have to work for until the middle of April to earn enough to pay for annual taxes.

“Most Americans don’t realize that they must work significantly longer to pay for federal taxes than for food,” said KFB President Mark Haney. “The annual Food Check-Out Week celebration is one way we can all celebrate the affordability, quantity and quality of the food that our farmers produce year-round.”

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year. At the same time, the USDA reports in its Food Dollar Series that a farmer earns less than 16 cents per dollar spent of food.

As KFB members prepare to celebrate “Food Check-Out Week,” the LaRue County Farm Bureau promotes special presentations with emphasis on Food Check-Out Week and the importance of agriculture in our community that will be presented to the FFA and 4-H students.

Additional information on the history of Food Check-Out Week is available on the AFBF website.