We have recently worked closely with some of our KES Clubs in rural parts of the Province to encourage them to shop at local stores within the communities in which they live. Whether that be your local supermarket, local corner store, or any local food supplier, there is great importance in shopping locally. When supporting local business, if you are the KES Club Coordinator or KES Shopper, it’s a good idea to meet with Store Managers and Store Owners in your area to see if you can work out a plan for the year with regards to your shopping list. By working with local business you may get a set price on menu items throughout the year, they may be able to deliver direct to the school and they may help with fundraising and other events wherever possible. Getting set prices on milk, fruit, bread, cheese and yogurt might be a great place to start!
If you have questions or are seeking tips for shopping local within you community connect with your Kids Eat Smart Regional Coordinator in your area or call 1-877-722-1996.
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.