Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Idaho Farm Bureau Leadership Week

Women's Committee Provides Lawmakers with a Sack Lunch In Observation of Food Check Out Day

Boise--Food Check Out Day is held annually on the fifth week of the New Year, that’s when most Americans will have earned enough money to pay for their families food supply for the year. By comparison Americans need to work until May to reach "Tax Freedom Day," the date when the typical family finally meets its tax commitment.

"Americans depend on the safe and affordable food supply we supply." said Idaho Farm Bureau Federation President Frank Priestley. "We’re proud of those contributions, but just 22 cents of every dollar we spend on food goes to the farmers who grew it, yet farmers are a generous bunch and the backbone of this great nation."

According to the Agriculture Department, Americans devote only about 10.6 percent of their disposable income to pay for food. The percentage of income spent for food in the United States has declined over the last 30 years. Food is more affordable today due to a widening gap between growth in per capita incomes and the amount of money spent for food, according to the USDA.

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