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'Food Check-Out Week' held in Cherokee County

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Food Check-Out Week was recently held in Cherokee County and involved Farm Bureaus at the county, state and national level and celebrates the abundance and safety of food.

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Hy-Vee part of 'Food Check-Out Week' - Hy-Vee Store Manager Tim Haupert, left, and Farm Bureau Board Director Tom Oswald announced clues to consumers in the Cherokee Hy-Vee store during the recent Food Check-Out Week held in Cherokee County. Photo contributed
Cherokee County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Week was aimed at helping American consumers learn how to shop strategically to put nutritious meals on the table with fewer dollars.

When shopping for food, the Farm Bureau suggests having a plan before heading to the grocery store and shopping smart when arriving. It also suggests having a food budget, preparing a shopping list, planning for leftovers and comparing prices. Farm Bureau also recommends not buying food unless you're sure you will eat it.

The Cherokee County Farm Bureau celebrated the week, which was held Feb. 20 through Feb. 26, by giving away free groceries to shoppers at the Hy-Vee and Fareway stores in Cherokee and at Jeff's Foods in Marcus.

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Jeff's Foods teams with Farm Bureau - Jeff's Foods in Marcus was the third participant in the Farm Bureaus Food Check-Out Week where Farm Bureau Director Mark Wilcox, left, is pictured with Kay Ogren, center, and Darcy Dreckman. Directors Verdell Johnson and Eric Wester were also at Jeff's Foods and involved with Food Check-Out. Photo contributed.
Shoppers were given clues to the product whether it was pork, beef, soy, dairy or corn, and were instructed to find the tagged product on the shelves.

"This is our first year of getting consumers really involved in the Food Check-Off, and I'm pleased that the idea was well received not only by the grocery store managers but the consumers and that hopefully the message will get out to the general public that everyone benefits greatly from the work of the farmer," states Mary Bierman, Farm Bureau board director.



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