Farm Bureau donates funds to food pantry

Farm Bureau donates funds to food pantry
The Clay county Farm Bureau celebrated Jan. 29 through Feb. 4 as Food Check-Out Week.

To mark the occasion, the Clay County Farm Bureau made a donation to the Vermillion Food Pantry. The money will be used to purchase needed items for the Food Pantry to distribute to local families.

Food in America is affordable. In fact, in just five weeks, the average American will have earned enough disposable income to pay for his or her food supply for the entire year.

The latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department's (USDA's) Economic Research Service indicate American families and individuals currently spend, on average, just 9.5 percent of their disposable personal income on food. Applying the current statistic to the calendar year, it 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.

In comparison to Food Check-Out Week, most Americans worked until mid-April to pay their taxes in 2005, according to The Tax Foundation.

America's farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world. Food Check-Out Week is a celebration of the bounty from America's farms and ranches and how that bounty is shared with American consumers through affordable food prices.

Clay County Farm Bureau President Joan Kinney said, "Producing safe, quality food is our job, and we hope that consumers take note of Food Check-Out Week and join us in this celebration of American agriculture's success."

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