Information for the following article was provided by the California Farm Bureau Federation
Looking for a bargain? Look no farther than your grocery store shelf or favorite restaurant because food is affordable in America. In fact, according to the Imperial County Farm Bureau, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 8 the average American will have earned enough income to pay for his or her family's entire 2002 food supply.
Feb. 8 has been proclaimed Food Check-Out Day by the Imperial County Farm Bureau. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service show American families and individuals spend, on average, just 10.6 percent of their disposable personal income for food.
Applying the 10.6 percent 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 39 days.