Monday, February 7, 2011

Food Check Out Day

Farm Bureau member Dean Schwendiman helps deliver snack bags to the Idaho Statehouse as part of the Idaho Farm Bureau's Food Check-out day.

Food Check Out Day Observed at the Idaho Statehouse

Boise--Monday February 7th is Food Check-Out Day at the Idaho Statehouse.

Today marks the number of work days it takes to pay for a year's worth of food for the average family.To illustrate the point of Food Check-Out day, the Women’s Leadership Committee packed bag lunches and delivered them to the Idaho Senate and House to remind lawmakers where their food comes from and how cheap it’s produced.

To put Food Check-Out Day into perspective, it takes the average American 77 days to earn enough to pay their federal taxes; 62 days to pay their housing and household operation expenses; 52 days to cover health and medical care costs; 39 days for state and local taxes; and 36 days for recreation, clothing and accessories.

“The snack lunches are actually snack bags made up of different products that are Idaho grown commodities that are representative of the potato, the dairy, the wheat, and fruit industries here in Idaho,” said Carol Guthrie, of the Idaho Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

While Americans spend slightly less than 10 percent of their disposable income for food, those figures are considerably higher abroad: Japan, 14 percent; Israel, 20 percent; China, 26 percent; the Philippines, 38 percent; and Indonesia, 55 percent.

USDA says the average American spends about $2,400 on food consumed at home and in restaurants. Farmers get about 22 cents of every dollar spent on food in this country, Wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.

Back in 1980, farmers received 31 cents of every dollar spent but it took Americans a longer time to pay for it. In 1970, it took American families an extra two weeks to pay for their annual food supply.

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