Shopping for food that’s good for you

Pick a store that is clean and well supplied

If you have a choice of where to get your groceries, pick a store that is clean and well supplied. If it is also busy, the stock is probably more likely to turn over quickly.

Many people say a successful trip to the grocery store starts with a shopping list. Throughout the week, try to keep a list of food and supplies you need. Keeping to a list helps you follow a budget because you will be less likely to buy on impulse. A prepared grocery list will help you choose healthy types of foods.

When making your shopping list, check your staples. Staples are nice to have around if you can’t go grocery shopping.

A trip to the grocery store can be a chore for anyone, but as you get older, you might have some new reasons for not going. For example, getting around a big food store might be difficult. What can you do?

Some stores have motorized carts, which you can use.

Ask if there is an employee who can help you reach things or push your cart.

If your store has a pharmacy department, you might find a seat there if you get tired.

Plan to shop at a time of day when you are rested.

If it’s a busy grocery store, try to pick a time when it might not be so crowded; that way you won’t have to stand in a long check-out line.

Check with your local Area Agency on Aging to see if there are volunteers in your area who can help.

If you can find a farmers’ market or vegetable stand nearby during the growing season, fruits and vegetables might cost less than in the grocery store. Local Harvest can also direct you to farmers’ markets in your area.

You might also be able to get some help from the federal government to pay for vegetables and fruits from farmers’ markets through the Seniors F armers’ Market Nutrition Program. They provide coupons you can use at farmers’ markets and roadside stands.

For More Information on Shopping for Healthy Foods

Local Harvest

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

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