Learn about how to save on groceries.

Tips for Saving on Groceries

  • 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

Clayton Seed Library

Clayton Community Centre: 7155 187A Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Clayton Seed Library)
The Clayton Seed Library is based out of the Clayton Community Centre. We maintain a 'Free Seed Box' located in the Clayton Library on the second floor of the community centre. Please check out our website for our seed inventory, to request or donate seeds, and to check our events calendar. We are a volunteer-based organization with a goal to encourage gardening in our community - all levels of gardeners are welcome. 
Learn more about the Clayton Seed Library.

Community Gardens by the City of Surrey

The city of Surrey hosts community gardens in some city parks. They are a chance for local people to grow vegetables if they don’t have the space at home.
Learn more about Community Gardens.

Djaef Mahler Food Bank by Lookout Society

10697 135A Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Djaef Mahler Food Bank)
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.
Learn more about Djaef Mahler Food Bank.  

Flash Food
Mobile app that lets you browse food that is close to its 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.
Learn more about Flash Food.

Grocery Hour at Oak Avenue

12740 102 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to the Oak Avenue Neighbourhood House)
Registration Tuesdays at 12:30pm, Food Distribution at 1pm. 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.  For low–income families and individuals. $5 minimum donation to cover the cost of food transportation. Please bring your own bag.
Learn more about the Grocery Hour at Oak Avenue

Langley Youth Hub

6275 203 Street, Langley BC (get directions to the Langley Youth Hub)
Non-perishable food, hygiene services, clothing, hygiene and basic need supplies available. Range of Outreach services for teens and young adults in Langley, including street outreach, outreach in local middle and high schools, employment and housing support. 
Learn more about the Langley Youth Hub.

The Plot

71 Avenue and 137A Street, behind the Newton Arena (get directions to the Plot)
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.
Learn more about the Plot.

Quest Food Exchange

13890 104 Avenue, Surrey BC (get direction to Quest Food Exchange) 
Quest provides a shopping experience and access to healthy affordable groceries for those in need. For more information and to learn how to get a Quest Client Card please visit our website. 
Learn more about Quest Food Exchange.  

Surrey Seed Library at the Ocean Park Library

12854 17 Avenue Surrey, BC (get directions to the Ocean Park Library)
604-502-6449 (library)
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.
Learn more about the Surrey Seed Library at the Ocean Park Library

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