Farm Bureau promotes shopping for healthy meals on fewer dollars

Published 11:05 am Friday, February 17, 2012

The Mower County Farm Bureau will be holding Food Check-Out week Feb. 19 to 25. The week-long event will be highlighted by a Food Check Day on Feb. 24 at the Austin Hy-Vee from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

“Farm Bureau’s Food Check-Out Week is aimed at helping American consumers learn how to shop effectively to put healthy meals on the table with fewer dollars,” said Layne Ebeling, the Farm Bureau Federation Promotion and Education Committee chair.

Food Check out week will be entering its 14th year and highlights America’s food supply provided by farmers.

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“Farmers are committed to providing safe and healthy food choices for all Americans,” Mower County Farm Bureau President Ron Frank said. “As Farm Bureau members, we share a concern when it comes to providing nutritious and affordable meals for our families.”

The USDA’s Economic Research Service shows that American Families and individuals spend less than 10 percent of their disposable personal income for food.

“Learning to use your grocery dollars wisely ensures that nutrition isn’t neglected,” Ebeling said.

The Food Check Day at the Austin Hy-Vee will have food samples, drawings, and various handouts to help illustrate the importance of eating healthy and balancing a budget in the process.

The Mower County Farm Bureau will also donate $500 to the Ronald McDonald Houses of the Twin Cities and Rochester to commemorate the event.