Food and Nutrition Resources

Feeding your family a healthy diet may take more planning, but it does not have to cost more.This site has information and links to resources that can help you feed your family healthy food without having to spend more.

Plan Meals at the Start of the Week: Choose a day to plan out meals for the week and make a grocery list specifically for those meals.  Check your cupboards and refrigerator before heading to the grocery to make sure you don’t buy items you already have.

Meal Planning 101

 

Use Frozen or Canned Fruits and Veggies: Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables can be as healthy as fresh options.  For vegetables, avoid frozen veggies with sauces and drain liquid and rinse canned options to remove any extra sodium.  For canned or frozen vegetables, check the sugar content and rinse those packed in juice or syrup before serving.

Replace meat with other healthy proteins:  Meat is often one of the most expensive items on your grocery list.  Save money by replacing meat in your favorite family meals using beans, eggs, or canned fish or removing the meat all together.

Tips on switching up proteins

 

Pass on expensive convenience foods.  You can save money if you are willing to do more prep work.  For example, if you buy a full chicken and cut it into parts, it will cost less than buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself instead of buying shredded cheese.    

Take Advantage of Area Food Resources: Rhode Island has a lot of resources to help residents access healthy, affordable foods.  Here are several different programs you and your family may qualify for: 

URI SNAP-ED:

SNAP:

Double your SNAP dollars by purchasing Fruits & veggies at Farmer’s Markets

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

USDA Supper Program or the Summer Food Service Program for children