Wondering about food in your community? This is the place to look for answers, and to engage in a dialogue about community food.

RSS 2.0 Feed

Recent Entries

A Lifetime of Snacking

Posted: August 27, 2009

A Food Desert Storm Brewing?

Posted: January 31, 2009

What President Obama Needs to Know

Posted: January 24, 2009

Dollar Store Food Shopping

Posted: January 10, 2009

And So It Begins…

Posted: January 1, 2009



Culture Kitchen
La Vida Locavore
Slow Food USA
The Unapologetic Mexican
Vivir Latino

Community Food Pics

There were no images to show.

© 2009 CommunityFoodCoach.com

Community Food Coach™ and its associated logo are Trademarks of Arnell Hinkle.

January 10, 2009

Dollar Store Food Shopping

Why is there a picture of a Dollar Store in a blog about community food?

By Arnell J. Hinkle

Why is there a picture of a Dollar Store in a blog about community food?  Because in many communities the Dollar Store or some similarly-named store is the nearest place to buy food.  Sure you can get some great deals, but at what price to your health?  Most of the foods are processed or canned and full of salt, sugars, and trans fats.  Many of the items are past their expiration or “sell-by” dates.  Dollar-type stores are also notorious for being the place that tainted foods from China and other countries without adequate food safety laws end up. So, in an effort to be economical you can actually pay a high cost if you buy foods that aren’t good for your health.

If you must shop at a 99-cent type store, be sure to read the labels carefully, check the expiration date, and country of origin label.  Try to limit your purchases to fresh produce, dried fruits, or to packaged items that contain fewer than five ingredients.

There should be a better alternative. Every neighborhood needs a food outlet that provides fresh, affordable, and healthy food choices.  If your neighborhood doesn’t have one, ask your local political representative what they are doing to bring healthier food to your area.  Ask for a farmer’s market, a small produce store, or a full-service grocery store - you know best what type of food outlet your community needs.  If you want to learn what others around the country are doing to improve the quality of food in their communities check out Community Food Assessments.


No comments yet on Dollar Store Food Shopping. Be the first to comment!

Back to top