Food in America is affordable. In fact, in just 37 days, the average American will have earned enough disposable income to pay for his or her food supply for the entire year, according to the Cherokee Farm Bureau.
The Cherokee County Farm Bureau is celebrating Food Check-Out Week. The latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department's (USDA's) Economic Research Service indicate American families and individuals currently spend an average of just under 10 percent of their disposable personal income on food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income - that portion of income available for spending or saving - to pay for its annual food supply in just five weeks. It's a testament to Iowa's farmers who work hard to produce the safest, most affordable food supply in the world.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau is teaming up with Fareway Grocery Store to educate consumers on the importance of Agriculture in our country. CCFB will be at Fareway on Friday, March 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they will be doing trivia questions about Ag items customers purchase regularly. The first person to find the item that the CCFB are giving clues too, will win that item as a prize. CCFB will also be doing pork sampling by the Cherokee County Pork Producers and will have recipes and educational handouts from commodity groups to let the consumer know where their food comes from.
In sharp contrast, Americans must works 52 days each year to pay for health and medical care, 62 days to pay for housing/household operation and 77 days to pay their federal taxes. USDA's latest statistic, compiled for 2006, includes food and non-alcoholic beverages consumed at home and away from home.
"The high quality, affordable food we enjoy is a product of our successful food production and distribution system, and the hard work of Iowa's farmers," said Tom Oswald, Cherokee County Farm Bureau President.