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Check-out week celebrates when food costs are earned
Kentucky Farm Bureau is celebrating national “Food Check-Out Week,” starting Sunday, which commemorates the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty have a proclamation in celebration of the week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimatesthat Americans spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year, and the average American earns enough to pay for his or her annual food costs by the seventh week of the year.
According to researchconducted by the Tax Foundation, that same person would have to work for 107 days (or until approximately the middle of April) to earn enough to pay for annual taxes.
“Americans work significantly longer to pay for federal taxes than for our food,” KFB President Mark Haney said in a release announcing the week. “Food Check-Out Day is a good reminder of the affordability, quantity and quality of the food that our farmers bring to market year-round.”
Now in its 15th year, check-out week also is designed to keep the nation’s fluctuating economic conditions in mind. Farm Bureau volunteers in Kentucky and across the country prepare supermarket demonstration stations for consumers with the primary goal of helping shoppers increase their knowledge of how to stay on a budget while purchasing healthy food for their families.
“We want to help people in these tough economic times be able to buy lots of good, nutritious food and still stay within budget,” said Terry Gilbert, chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and KFB board member. “While we’re engaging with people and talking about the food they purchase, we’re also talking with them about what we do on our own farms and why we do it. We’re there to honestly answer any questions or concerns they have about what we do to grow fruits and vegetables or raise our livestock.
“The whole thing is a great way of opening the door to a conversation that puts a face on agriculture.”
Shelburne adds 2nd location
Shelburne Pet Center LLC has expanded from its original facility at 353 Kentucky Street to a new location at 731 Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville, where it will offer a wider variety of services to pet owners.
In announcing the expansion, owner Ashley Shelburne officials said 50 homeless dogs belonging to over 10 different rescues and individuals are being housed at Kentucky Street.
The new facility will offer boarding, grooming, training and day care to privately owned pets. The facility services Shelby and surrounding counties and can be reached at 633-4944.
Southern States launches FFA program
The Southern States store on south 7th Street in Shelbyville is supporting the National FFA Organization by selling FFA emblems for $1, starting Monday and continuing through March 24. Proceeds go to support FFA on a local, state and national level.
“We are deeply appreciative of Southern States and their assistance to raise financial support for FFA and heighten community awareness about our organization,” Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation, said in a release announcing the program. “Funds raised through the sale of the FFA emblem at Southern States stores will support FFA at the local, state and national level and ensure that we’re able to continue to develop students’ leadership, growth and career success potential.”
Customers who buy emblems can sign their names or the names of FAA members. The emblems will then be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapters, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.
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