July 26, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: Only 38 percent
of Americans consume the recommended daily servings
of fruits and vegetables with more than 10 percent not
purchasing any fruits or vegetables over a two-week
period, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture
The picture was even bleaker for low-income families
with nearly 20% of those studied not purchasing any
produce, fresh or processed, for two weeks. On average
low-income households spend $3.59 a person on produce,
while, higher incomes spend $5.02.
The most positive influence on expenditures is having
a college-educated head of household, regardless of
income. These households bought the most fruit and vegetables
weekly, $5.99 per person.