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2011-03-10

Bandera County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Day

BCC Staff

Food in America is affordable. In fact, in only just 37 days, the average American will have earned enough disposable income to pay for his food supply for the entire year, according to the Texas Farm Bureau.
As a result, the Bandera County Farm Bureau celebrated Feb. 25 as Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Day. According to the latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department's (USDA) Economic Research Service, American families and individuals currently spend, on average, just 11 percent of their disposable personal income for food.
Not only is America's food supply the world's safest, but it's also the most affordable, said Bandera County Farm Bureau President Barbara Mazurek.
To mark the occasion, the Bandera County Farm Bureau celebrated this year, as in the past, by having canned food drives among the county's fourth grade classes. The Farm Bureau provided non-edible items for the students in exchange for the donated food items. The winning class from each school was rewarded with an ice cream party and the collected canned goods were donated to The Helping Hand of Bandera County.
"We congratulate all the fourth graders and their teachers for a job well done," said Mazurek. "Helping Hand is very grateful for items donated."
The winning classes with the most food collected were Alkek Elementary, Sara Sandifer's class; Hill Country Elementary, Donna Lattimer's class; Medina Elementary, Cammie Morgan and Megan Limmer's classes; Pipe Creek Christian School, Liz Vakey's pre-kindergarten through third grade; and Utopia Elementary, Shauna Lowrance's class.


Pictured; Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards

Farm Bureau Secretary Theresa Sparks, Farm Bureau President Barbara Mazurek, Helping Hand Director Jesse Parks and Robert Mazurek unload food collected by Bandera County's fourth graders Friday, Feb. 25. The collection was part of the Farm Bureau's Food Check-out Week.