(TEXAS FARM BUREAU RELEASE-GENE HALL)
(WACO, Texas) – As our global neighbors are fighting for the ability to feed their families, Texas farmers and ranchers are diligently working the land to ensure Americans maintain easy access to an abundant and affordable food supply.
“Food remains one of the most affordable items Americans can buy,” said Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Kenneth Dierschke, a cotton and grain farmer from San Angelo. “It takes about five weeks for the average American to earn enough to pay for an entire year’s worth of food.”
Texans are invited to partner with their county Farm Bureau to celebrate our nation’s plentiful food supply during TFB’s Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 20-26, across the Lone Star State.
Farm Bureau’s Food Check-Out Week aims to help American consumers learn how to shop strategically to put nutritious meals on the table with fewer dollars. Farmers and ranchers are doing their part to continually provide Americans with fresh produce, grains, dairy and lean meat—all of which are important parts of a healthy, balanced diet.
“Healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy products are affordable, nutritious choices that keep you full throughout the day. These healthy options can be just as cost effective as popular snack foods like chips, candy and soda—and they’re good for you, too,” Dierschke noted.
For the past 13 years, county Farm Bureaus across Texas have utilized Food Check-Out Week to raise awareness of what healthy food costs in relation to other items people purchase. This year, counties will participate through a variety of activities, including donating to local food pantries and charities, hosting Farmers’ Share meals for cents on the dollar and even soliciting official town proclamations declaring Feb. 20-26 as Food Check-Out Week.
“As a farmer, I take pride in producing affordable food for my family and yours,” Dierschke said. “I hope Texans will join us in celebrating our agricultural success.”
Food Check-Out Week activities vary from county to county across Texas. If you would like to find out what events are taking place in your community, contact your county’s Farm Bureau office or watch for event announcements in your local newspaper.