Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Women's Leadership Committee at the Statehouse

Food Check-off day at the Statehouse

Boise--Legislative pages  TJ Ruiz (Murtaugh) and Austin Thomason (Weiser) delivered snack bags to Idaho lawmakers today on behalf of the Idaho Farm Bureau Womens committee.
The bags contain healthy snacks for legislators and each year the women of Farm Bureau provide them in honor of food check-off day.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, on average, American consumers spend 10.9 percent of their disposable income on food -- about 40 days' earnings. This is the third consecutive year Food Check-Out Day has fallen on Feb. 9. In sharp contrast to the 40 days it takes the average American to pay for his or her food supply for the year, it took Americans 131 days to earn enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes last year. The trend is for food to continue to require a smaller percentage of annual income -- perhaps the most amazing aspect of food affordability in America.

 Ten years ago, Food Check-Out Day would have been marked on Feb. 12. In 1980, it would have fallen on Feb. 18; in 1970, Feb. 20. And in 1960, Food Check-Out Day would have been celebrated on March 4. 

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