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 more than 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 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," 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."
To mark the number of days each year it takes the average American to pay for food, Lyon County Farm Bureau is celebrating this week as Food Check-Out Week.
To mark the occasion, Judge-Executive Wade White has signed the proclamation claiming it to be Food Check-Out Week in Lyon County. The local Farm Bureau office will also have materials placed in local businesses as well as a donation to the Hope Food Bank.
Long after Food Check-Out Week, Americans will 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.