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Community Focus - Mercer County Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

  • February 20, 2014

Harrodsburg, KY (February 19, 2014) – The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for 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 about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.

“America’s food supply is the most affordable as well as the safest in the world,” Haney said. “Domestic foods that are produced by farmers in Kentucky and throughout the United States are responsible, in part, for our nation’s increased standard of living.”

In recognition of this, Mercer County Farm Bureau is celebrating February 16-22, 2014, as Food Check-Out Week.

To mark the occasion, on Monday, February 17, 2014, members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee purchased $400 of food from Save-A-Lot for the Back Pack Programs of Mercer County Schools and the Burgin Independent School. The Back Pack Programs feed over 245 children each week. The schools fill over 100 back packs weekly with food that is easy to prepare by the children on the weekends. Joni Horn, the Women’s Committee Chair also attended the Mercer County Fiscal Court Meeting on February 11, 2014. She presented the Food Check-Out Week proclamation. It was adopted unanimously by the Mercer Fiscal Court, which declares Food Check-Out Week in Mercer County as February 16 through February 22, 2014.

Long after Food Check-Out Week, Americans are required to continue earning income for other necessities. The Tax Foundation has reported that Americans must work over 100 days to pay their federal taxes.

“We work much longer to pay for federal taxes than for food,” Haney said.

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Tiffany Ison, Linda McClanahan & Megan DeHart Kendra Rowland, Leigh McRay & Joni Horn


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