Category: Food News
Some People Have the Perception that Bloomingfoods is Expensive
An Editorial by Bloomingfoods Members Services Director, Jean Kautt
I guess it is, if you buy out of season produce or gourmet meats and cheeses frequently. But it’s also true that in the last 25 years, American families have spent less and less of their incomes on food as a percentage of income: from 22% to 11%. Our food supply has certainly gotten cheaper as time has gone by, but the quality of most of it has gotten worse.
In my home, we don’t all have cell phones, there’s no cable TV, and no car payment, but my daughters have a horse of their own, and we eat good food. The girls are rarely ill, make good grades, and generally get along well in the world and with each other. I’ve noticed that the more I pay attention to making sure they have good food to eat, the better things seem to be all around.
I spend $500-600 a month on food for my family of four. There is no non-food in that number, such as shampoo, laundry soap, or paper products. I shop almost entirely at Bloomingfoods, buy everything I can at the Farmers Market year round, and very occasionally have to stop for one item at another store. Two of my three daughters take their lunches to school, but the amount I spend includes one daughter’s school lunches and all meals eaten away from home (often at Bloomingfoods, too).
Frankly, I think feeding my family for less than $5 a day per person is cheap! In my opinion, eating good food is the gateway to all health and well-being- it is a priority.