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During this time of economic squeeze is it possible to feed your family healthy, nutritious meals and still stay within your budget? The Utah Farm Bureau thinks so, and it is joining with the American Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in promoting Food Checkout Week, Feb. 20-26, 2011.
Food Checkout Week occurs every year in February when the average American family has earned enough disposable income to pay for their year’s supply of food. By comparison, it takes until April to earn enough money to pay your taxes.
Concern about the cost of a healthy diet being out of reach remains on the minds of many Americans as the nation continues to work through serious economic woes. However, according to a USDA study, the cost of eating healthy hasn’t changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. Eating healthy food while on a budget does require strategic shopping.
“Farm Bureau’s Food Check-Out Week is devoted to helping teach Americans how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food,” commented Ruth Roberts, chair of the Utah Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. “America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, healthy, and abundant food. And they share a common concern with consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget.”
The good news is that a recent USDA report favorably supports the economics of healthier eating. Recent food price data show that prices for unprepared, readily available fresh fruits and vegetables have remained stable relative to dessert and snack foods, such as chips, ice cream and cola. Therefore, as defined by foods in the study, the price of a “healthier” diet has not changed compared to an “unhealthy” diet.