Some lucky shoppers purchasing their groceries at Owen's North, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, got some unexpected help paying for those groceries.
Glenda Giggy and Joann Dolby, representing Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., spent the morning at the store, handing out cash to shoppers chosen at random to help put the spotlight on the farmers and ranchers who produce the food they purchased.
The gifts were part of a national observance of Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 17-23. The pair also offered shoppers tips on how they can stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food.
"Knowing your food budget, planning balanced meals, making a list and sticking to it are just a few of the tips we offer consumers," Giggy says.
"Fruits and vegetables - along with whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs and nuts - are an important part of a healthy diet," she says. "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 o stretch that dollar."
According to 2011 data, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 10 percent of their disposable personal income for food, Giggy notes.