Farm Bureau sponsors Food Connection Week Feb. 20-24
Farm Bureau Directors Buddy Sandidge, Anton Hainer, FB President Barbara Mazurek, FB Vice President Jim Brown and Director Booker Young witness the signing of a proclamation declaring Food Connection Week by Bandera County Judge, Richard Evans.
Farm Bureau’s Food Connection Week is aimed at helping American consumers learn how to shop strategically to put nutritious meals on the table with fewer dollars. Learning to use your grocery dollars wisely helps ensure that nutrition isn’t neglected”, according to Barbara Mazurek, president of Bandera County Farm Bureau.
“Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, beans and nuts are an important part of a healthy diet. Buying fresh produce when it’s in season and costs less, while buying frozen fruits and vegetables when they’re not in season, is a smart way to stretch that dollar”, says Mazurek.
Farm Bureau has developed Food Connection Week educational materials dedicated to helping consumers make food purchases. Information on several topics including “Tips for Better Nutrition on a Tight Budget”, “How Much Should I Eat”?, “Understanding Food Labels” and “Understanding What My Pyramid Means” is available.
Additionally, the Bandera County Farm Bureau will; donate non-perishable food items collected from area 4th grade students from Alkek, Hill Country, Medina and Utopia Elementary Schools as well as Pipe Creek Christian School to be given to Bandera Helping Hands on February 24, recognizing the need everyone has to find solutions to feeding their families healthful foods on a tight budget.
Now in its nineteenth year, Food Connection Week also highlights America’s safe, abundant and affordable food supply, made possible largely by America’s productive farmers and ranchers. According to the most recent (2016) information from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 15 per cent of their disposable personal income for food.