Monday, February 20, 2017

Food Check Out Day

Women's Committee kicks off Food Check Out Day at the Idaho Statehouse

Boise--Monday, February 20th is Food Check-Out Day at the Idaho Statehouse.

This 20th day of February marks the number of work days from the first of year it takes to pay for a year's worth of food for the average family.

In observance of Food Check-Out day, the Idaho Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee packed bag lunches and delivered them to the Statehouse to remind lawmakers where their food comes from and how cheap it’s produced.

It takes the average American 77 days to earn enough income to pay their federal taxes; 62 days to pay for 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 bags are made up of different Idaho grown foods that representative of commodities grown here like potatoes, wheat, milk and fruit. For the first time we packed trout jerky, grown in Twin Falls said Judy Woody, chairman of the Idaho Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

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. But there are additional costs things like wages, materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution of the nations food supply.

"Todays event is a reminder of where our food comes from and its important to note that only two percent of our population actually farms, produces the food, fiber and fuel in this country," said Woody. 

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.

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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