Farm Bureau Check Out Day

Last week an unusual group of folks showed up at one of our local supermarkets asking some of the shoppers if it would be O.K. if they paid for their groceries. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

"We’re celebrating what we call Food Check Out Week or Food Check Out Day, and we’re actually going to buy some people’s groceries."

Mark McMath is vice president of the Brazos County Farm Bureau.

"This actually goes on, in every Farm Bureau in every state in the country. There’s different promotions that go on just to recognize the safety and abundancy of our food system."

McMath says when you take the time to really think it over, our nation’s food supply is a bargain that’s pretty hard to beat.

"When you look at how long it takes you in a year, the average American to pay your taxes, you’re over into May or June before you really start putting money in your own pocket."

"Here we are in the seventh week of the year and the average American, according to statistics from the Department of Agriculture, we’ve already paid for our entire food supply for the year."

"Some countries work all year and it’s never safe and never abundant."

The Farm Bureau’s message was a simple one. The next time you’re at the supermarket filling your shopping basket, or sitting down for a meal, try to appreciate what you have, because food isn’t taken for granted in most parts of the world.

"God has really blessed this nation and one of the ways He’s really blessed us is our food supply."

I’m Joe Brown tracing the journey our food, fiber, and fuel makes from the farm and ranch to our homes, From The Ground Up.


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