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.
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.
"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.