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Food Check-Out Week highlights healthy food options

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You might not know it, but this week is Food Check-Out Week.

It's an annual celebration by the Texas Farm Bureau to show how healthy eating on a tight budget is within reach for most Americans.  During Check-Out Week, Farm Bureau members spread the word about how consumers can stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food.

The secretary for the Lubbock County Farm Bureau said a year's worth of food costs the average person less than 60 day's worth of income. The Farm Bureau wants American farmers to be recognized for keeping it that way.

Eddie Owens, with United Supermarkets, said it's important to acknowledge the important role agriculture producers play in the food chain every year.

"Agriculture is really the corner stone of what our economy is all about here in West Texas.," Owens said. "Not Just food production but fiber production. Our area is one of the biggest cotton producing areas in the entire world. So...between food and fibre, it is a very important thing for us to acknowledge as West Texans."

To mark the event today, the Farm Bureau donated $300 dollars worth of grocery's to the Ronald McDonald House.

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