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If you have food in the cupboard or in the freezer, this is a good time to use it. You'll probably be surprised at what’s in the back of your cupboards – those good intention healthy buys, such as pearl barley, lentils and dried fruit. As you might not be used to cooking with some of your ingredients, try starting with the ingredient and then track down the right recipe.
Many people’s income has been disrupted but there is help available. If you have food in the cupboard or in the freezer, this is a good time to use it. You will probably be surprised at what’s in the back of your cupboards. The love food hate waste website has loads of tips and recipes for this situation. This free online cookbook includes a seven day healthy eating plan for a family of four for just £18.
Access to cheap food
There are many websites where you can shop for heavily discounted foods and drinks, some are slightly out of date but all are still fit to eat. Check out Cheap Foods who have food from 5p and even toiletries and household goods from 25p.
How to eat better on a budget - fresh food versus processed food
Meat and fish are among the most expensive items on a shopping list, while plant protein often costs less. Pulses (beans, peas and lentils) are nutritious, cheap and work well in place of meat. Don’t be fooled by expensive 'superfoods'. There is no agreed definition for this term and many so-called superfood health claims remain unproven. Simply increasing the volume and variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet is shown to reduce the risk of ill health and needn’t be costly.
Frozen, tinned and dried fruits and vegetables are often cheaper than fresh but keep their nutrients. They also keep for longer, meaning less food waste.
Avoid buying processed foods. You can often make similar dishes quickly and easily for much less. This recipe for pasta sauce costs just 50p for four portions. A jar of shop-bought pasta sauce costs more than four times this price and, as a bonus, you’ll know exactly what’s in it so it’s much healthier.
Waste not want not - save delicious food and fight food waste
On these sites you will find cheap, delicious, perfectly edible food that stores and restaurants have to throw out at the end of the day. Some great examples of this include unsold food from bakeries that have to bake fresh goods every day, or restaurants that didn’t sell all the food they had prepared. On the Too Good to Go website, you can find in date food for heavily discounted prices from big stores such as Morrison's, Café Nero and Yo! Sushi, along with local cafés, deli restaurants and bakeries.
If you've been referred, you should be told where the food bank is. If you live in a rural area and can't afford to travel, your nearest food bank might be able to deliver. Call or email them to check. If the food bank's run by a church or other religious group, they'll still help you if you're not religious or from a different religion. The BBC has some information about getting food parcels on its website.