The average American earns enough disposable income in only five weeks to pay for his or her family’s food supply for the entire year, according to the Texas Farm Bureau.
Farmers, ranchers and communities all across Texas will celebrate Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 4-10. Tuesday, Feb. 6, is designated Food Check-Out Day, the day representing when the average American earns enough to buy food for the year.
“Thanks to the efficient and innovative practices of our farmers and ranchers, Americans enjoy the safest, most affordable food in the world,” said Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau. “While Americans must only work until early February to pay for their food, last year they had to work until mid-April to pay for their taxes.”
U.S. consumers spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food, the lowest such rate in the world. In India, consumers pay 51 cents of every dollar for food, on average.
“An independent food supply is essential,” Dierschke said. “Growing food on our own soil is vitally important. It is also safe, and Food Check-Out Week shows it’s affordable.”
County and state Farm Bureaus will hold Food Check-Out events throughout the week. Some events include donating food and money to Ronald McDonald House and other food charities. Other events are “farmer’s share” breakfasts or lunches for the public that are based on what the farmer receives for the raw product — pennies on the dollar.
This week should hold meaning for most Americans, Dierschke said. “We are concerned that some Americans cannot afford to buy the food they need. We hope to address some of that need with our Food Check-Out Week activities.”