Learn about how to save on groceries.

A couple of tips:

  • Try to buy bulk food. Many stores called “markets” buy and sell in bulk
  • Independent markets are often less pricey for fruits and vegetables
  • Large stores with memberships often give special prices to their members
  • Try buying as a group to get the case price
  • Buy wholesale for bread and freeze what you do not use
  • The library has books on how to save on food costs

Community Gardens
Tel: 604-501-5050  parksrecculture@surrey.ca
The city of Surrey hosts community gardens some city parks. They are a chance for local people to grow vegetables if they won’t have the space at home.

DIVERSEcity’s Food Accessibility Fund for Migrants
13455 76 Avenue Surrey, BC
Tel: 604-547-1267   kitchen@dcrs.ca
Subsidized groceries available for community members whose food insecurity has been worsened due to Covid19. Volunteer grocery shopping service for food insecure community members who are self-isolating or quarantined including seniors.

Djaef Mahler Grocery
10697 135A St. Surrey BC
Tel: 604-588-9004
High-protein food bank for residents in the South Fraser region, living with HIV and/or Hep C and in need of nutritional support. Also offers Positive Haven which offers support services for those living with HIV.

Flash Food
Mobile app that lets you browse food that it is close to it's expiry date and is deeply discounted at Real Canadian Superstores. You can buy through the app and then pick up in store. Great deals but items are a day or two from expiry usually.

Grocery Hour @ Oak Avenue
12740 – 102 Ave Surrey BC
Tel: 604-582-7088
Tuesdays at 12:30pm registration, 1pm food distribution. Various food items including fresh vegetables, and fruits might be available depending on what is receive as donations. Grocery items made available with the support and help from local Save-On-Foods store.  $2 minimum donation. Please bring your own bag.  

The Plot
71st Avenue and 137A Street, behind the Newton Arena
Large community garden run by volunteers. Some free product and Sunday potluck picnics during the growing season. Great chance to learn about growing your own food.

Surrey Seed Library @ the Ocean Park Library
12854 - 17th Avenue Surrey, BC V4A 1T5
Tel: 604-502-6449 (library)     surreyseedlibrary@gmail.com 
Currently suspended due to COVID-19. Offers free access to seeds and supports local gardeners in saving seed. We are a living seed exchange, currently sharing 60 varieties of regionally adapted, open pollinated and self-fertile seed.

 

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