By the Numbers: National Bread Month

Posted November 13, 2014

What better place to enjoy November as National Bread Month than Kansas? Kansas wheat farmers grow more wheat than those in any other state, earning our state the nickname “America’s Breadbasket.” Add up more reasons to celebrate with these 10 bread statistics. 

2 weeks.

Kansas wheat farmers could feed everyone in the world (based on six billion people) for two weeks with the wheat they produce each year.

10 years.

A family of four could live for ten years on the bread produced by one acre of wheat.

16 ounces.

A typical loaf of bread contains 16 ounces of flour.  

17 cents.

The average cost of the wheat in a loaf of bread is 17 cents.

24 slices.

A commercial loaf of bread has 24 slices.  

42 loaves.

One bushel of wheat yields 42 commercial loaves of white bread.

90 loaves.

One bushel of wheat yields 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread.


Wonder Bread introduced sliced bread in 1930.

9,000 people.

The bread made from one acre of Kansas wheat could feed 9,000 people for one day.

36,000,000,000 loaves.

Kansas wheat farmers grow enough wheat each year to make 36 billion loaves of bread.

Do you have your own original bread recipe? Enter it in the National Festival of Breads before Jan. 16, 2015! Or find a new recipe to taste test for National Bread Month.

Need help learning how to bake? Check out the Home Baking Association, Wheat Foods Council or Grain Foods Foundation for recipes and tips. 

By Julia Debes