High-income households outspent other households on fruit and vegetables

A bar chart showing low and middle income households spending in fruits and vegetables in 2008.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises consumers to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables, devoting half of their plates to these nutrient-dense foods. Studies have found that low-income households consume fewer servings of fruit and vegetables than other households. In 2008, households with incomes above 300 percent of the Federal poverty line spent an average of $4.98 per person per week on fruit and vegetables. Households with incomes up to 130 percent of poverty spent just $3.09 per person per week. This chart originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Amber Waves magazine.

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