Eating Out = 1/3 of the U.S. Food Dollar

A study conducted by USDA in 2017 indicates that we are spending $3.67 of every $10 food at food service establishments, and only $0.78 goes to the local farm producer. It makes sense, when deciding to eat out, that we select locally owned and locally operated food establishments, where about 70% of the dollars spent at local establishments stay in the community. Many local restaurants purchase foods from local producers, and that creates an even bigger local bang for your buck. That direct purchase the restaurant owner makes from the local producer means the farmer doesn’t have to send his product to a food processing center where it is processed, packaged, transported, sold to wholesalers who sell to retailers who, finally, sell to restaurants.