Making good food affordable is possible. Good foods are tasty, nutritious and give us the energy we need to keep up with our busy lives. Healthy foods can makes us feel good about ourselves and how we are taking care of our health.
Planning is a really important part of making good food affordable. Plan your meals and create your shopping list before you go to the grocery store. Whether you want to plan for a couple of days or a week, planning saves time and money. Try planning a menu, making a grocery list, and keeping to a regular shopping schedule. If you plan meals and snacks for a week at a time, you are less likely to stop at the grocery store and purchase items that you do not need.
Knowing how to navigate the store can help too. Grocery shopping can be challenging, whether it is because the food budget is tight or you feel pressured to purchase name brand, expensive and/or less healthy foods.
Other ways to put more healthy food into your home include:
Community action on affordable food
The following are ways that you can help make good food affordable for everyone in your community:
Support the development of government and public policy to ensure:
Engage in discussions with local leaders and support provincial efforts (i.e. living wage campaigns).
Give your time and provide food or money at food banks, community gardens, or school meal and snack programs .
Provide space – a kitchen for cooking, some land for a garden .
Plant a row, grow a row - plant extra rows of vegetables in your garden and donate the produce to a local charity group.
Be a driver – help others by taking them to their community garden or the grocery store.
Donate supplies – like utensils, appliances, soil and seeds.
Get involved in your community – we all benefit when communities care.