Secret Food Hacks from a Healthy Aggie Insider

Basic Needs Center, University of California, Davis

By Hannah Squire, UC Davis, Healthy Aggies Coordinator

School has started, and that means for many of us…no more family meals. Is grocery shopping for yourself a whole new world? Are you struggling to budget for your groceries? If you can relate to this (as most college students can!), you’re not alone. In just a short 3 minutes you will have some amazing resources that will keep you nourished and ready to tackle whatever comes your way!

  • CalFresh (SNAP)- This is a federal program that offers electronic benefits to buy most foods in most stores for those who meet the federal income eligibility rules. It is extremely easy to sign up, and will get you well on your way to be able to purchase the foods that are most nourishing to you! To sign up, go here!
  • Fruit and Veggie Up! & The Pantry– Do you like FREE fruits, veggies, and canned goods? Just bring your Student ID to the Memorial Union any day of the week for The Pantry, and every Monday & Thursday 10AM – 12PM at the South patio of the MU for free locally grown produce. It’s a great resource to get the foods you need for a thriving lifestyle! Find out more about The Pantry here, and Fruit and Veggie Up!  here!
  • Healthy Aggies- Now that you know these free and accessible resources available to you, Healthy Aggies is an amazing community to learn about how to use your free groceries. Get some foodie inspiration from our insta @ucdhealthyaggies, or try out some recipes on THIS website, and meet us in person in the West Quad every Wednesday of October between 11am – 1:30pm!

There are so many other resources available if you are in need of food! Here are some…

Now that you have all the tools to get the food you need to live a balanced and nourishing life, comment on your favorite seasonal veggie and how you prepared it. We are looking forward to meeting YOU at the Farmer Market this Wednesday (10/13)!

Are there other resources you know of? Let us know in the comments!

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