Five Thoughts for Food Day
October 24, 2011
On Food Day, it’s important to remember that food companies make more than healthy and affordable food.
Here are five thoughts for Food Day:
First, it’s never been easier for Americans to build a healthy diet. Since 2002, food and beverage companies have introduced more than 20,000 healthier product choices with fewer calories and reduced fat, sugar and sodium. And, food manufacturers are providing more information than ever by putting nutrition facts about calories, sugar, sodium, and fat on the front of packages. Consumers have never had more choices and information.
Second, Americans continue to spend a smaller share of their disposable income on food at home than any other country on earth. Americans now spend less than 6 percent on at-home food – down from nearly 14 percent in 1961.
Third, Americans are also spending less time preparing food — and more time with their families. The amount of time Mom spends preparing food has fallen by more than half between 1961 and 2010.
Fourth, one in six Americans are struggling with hunger and everyone has a role to play. In recent years, food manufacturers and retailers have contributed at least $1 billion a year in hunger relief and provided nearly half of the contributions to America’s food banks.
Fifth, food and beverage companies support the jobs of more than 15 million Americans from farm to fork and are the largest source of manufacturing jobs in the US. In 30,000 cities and towns, every day is “Food Day” for the 1.5 million Americans directly employed by food and beverage companies.
So, food companies make more than healthy and affordable food — they also create jobs, fight hunger, and make time for families.