According to the USDA, as of March 2011 families receiving food aid from the government rose 13.5% in California. Many families have members that are out of work and with rising fuel costs, more and more families are having to rely on government aid to put food on the table.
While those statistics are obviously inclusive of many factors, I can’t help but wonder how many of those families are using the aid to its best benefit.
Did you know that buying fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat from local farmers is not only good for you, but can help stretch your food spending plan? Are you considering signing up for government aid and you’re looking for ways to scale back what you spend on groceries every week? Locating a farmshare may be exactly what you’re looking for.
I’ve read estimates that range wildly between $100 a week for a family of four to $400 a week for a family of four for groceries. We all know that the most expensive items are those that are prepackaged and/or frozen. Fresh food is rarely expensive in money, however it’s usually expensive in time, or so we think. The reality is that there are plenty of quick, tasty recipes that are available for free online and from friends and family. Local farmshares can provide fruits, veggies, and meat weekly or monthly, to your home or for pick up. Check around the site to find a farmshare that fits your food tastes and your spending plan.
There really is no down side. You’re family will be spending fewer dollars on food, adding more great-tasting foods to their diets, and maybe even losing a few pounds in the process. If you’re looking to get the most out of your grocery dollar visit LocalHarvest.org and order a farm share.
Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today and the author of three books on personal finance. Visit her at www.BiggerThanYourBlock.com.