UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- All across the nation farmers are reaching out to consumers for Food Check-out Week.
"Designed to promote agriculture and our safe, abundant food supplier in the U.S. as compared to other countries which you might not think is in large supply or affordable," said Kevin Huffman, president of the McLennan County Farm Bureau.
And today members of the McLennan County Farm Bureau pitched in.
"We are picking out a shopper and we're going to bring their basket up to the counter and we're going to purchase the grocery items," said Huffman.
"I thought they were kidding," said shopper Jordan Browning.
"Surprised. Shocked. I expected to spend several hundred dollars," said shopper Shanna Whitney.
Not only are shoppers getting their food paid for they're also learning how to stretch their grocery dollar.
"I saved $238 and I paid a little over $11 dollars of my own," said Whitney.
"Buy fruits and vegetables in the harvest time of the year when they're the cheapest, that's when they're gonna be cheapest. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables other times of the year," said Huffman.
And thanks to sky-rocketing gas prices, today's supervise at the grocery store couldn't have happened at a better time.
"My husband and I have been celebrating frugal February where we've been trying to save money in areas so he'll be thrilled when I call him and tell him about this," said Huffman.
The bureau spent a little over $1,000 on roughly ten customers.
Funding for today's event come from membership dues despite a tough 2011 agricultural year.