Day 9–How 10% Can Make a Difference

A percent sign.

Did you know that North Carolinians spend $35 billion a year on food. $35 billion!!! I’m not “math girl,” but that seems like a lot of money to me. And we’re not even a huge state, like Texas or Florida or California.

The NC Center for Environmental Farming Systems has a new initiative called the 10% Campaign. They figure that if every family spent 10% of their grocery budget on locally produced foods, we would keep $3.5 billion dollars in our local economy instead of sending it to some corporate grocery store office. In this economy, I think that’s pretty cool.

If your family spends $200 per week on groceries, 10% is just $20 (or one trip to the farmer’s market). You can sign up at www.nc10percent.com and the 10% Campaign will check in with you every week to see how you’re doing. If you like to eat out, the website also has a list of restaurants who have committed to the 10% Campaign as well. Interested in taking the challenge?

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