Farm Bureau Food Check Out Week

Pictured (from left) are Hope Food Bank volunteers Becky Conner and Clarice Goodall and Farm Bureau representatives Glen Kinder, Lyon County Farm Bureau president, and Becky Kinder, Lyon County Farm Bureau’s women’s chair.

Lyon County Farm Bureau celebrated Food Check-Out Week during the week of Feb. 7-13. In observance of the week, Judge-Executive Wade White proclaimed the special week in the county.

In his proclamation White said America’s farmers are “the most productive in the world” and provide the world with an ample supply of safe and affordable food

Lyon Farm Bureau also donated $200 in requested food items to the HOPE food bank, placed information in local businesses and conducted a drawing for a gift basket featuring local food items on its Facebook page.

White also said “agribusiness is and important element of Lyon County’s economy with numerous local companies engaged in the production of food and fiber products.” He added that local farmers help feed the community, state, nation and other people around the world with the goods they produce.

The cost of food in America remains affordable. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, said American consumers spend, an average, of a little more than 10% 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 five weeks,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “America’s food supply is the most affordable as well as the safest in the world. 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.”

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.