Stretching Your Local Food Dollars

Practice stretching your local food dollars with these tips and tricks:

  • Shop in season – Take advantage of the best price (and flavor) as items become available in season at your grocery store and farmers markets.
  • Preservation – Grab an extra bag or two of your favorite produce and preserve, dehydrate or freeze foods so you can enjoy local year round (info at https://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes).
  • Get happy! – Find happy hour or locals night specials offered at HDFFA featured restaurants and breweries.
  • Plan ahead – Meal planning can help ensure you only purchase what you need, eliminate food waste, and save time later in the week when hunger hits.
  • Stay flexible – Substitute ingredients when you can to take advantage of what’s on sale.
  • Bulk buys – Check out the bulk bins for low priced pantry staples and attend Fill Your Pantry this fall to stock up on storage crops at a great price.
  • Buy a half or quarter cow or pig and save dollars off the pound, consider splitting it with a friend or divvying up with your family
  • Go straight to the source – Connect with your local farmers and ranchers to buy in bulk directly from them. Search our online directory here!
  • Use HDFFA coupons found on our website here.

Additional food access resources:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/. 

Women Infants and Children (WIC) locations and resources can be found by calling 211 or at www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/WIC/

Central Oregon food pantries
www.neighborimpact.org/get-help/get-food/

Fill Your Pantry (bulk buying event)
www.centraloregonfillyourpantry.com

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