The Basic Shelf Program
Building confidence by helping families maintain food security.
We have learned by experience that intermittent food insecurity is the result of varying degrees of poverty experienced by our clients.
Some families simply cannot apportion enough of their incomes to provide adequate, nutritional food for their children. Many families use most of their income for rental payments to keep a roof over their family’s heads, leaving very little left with which to buy food. Some parents feel overwhelmed by their many problems and simply lack the energy or creativity to solve the problem of food security for their families.
How The Basic Shelf Program Works
The Basic Shelf program is a series of workshops over 8-12 weeks. With a small group of attendees, participants are taught how to cook and shop for food on a limited budget. The program is based on the strategy of keeping a 'basic shelf' of ingredients full in your home, with which you learn how to create a variety of meals that are nutrious and affordable. Whenever you've used an item from your basic shelf, you know to replenish it at your next round of groceries.
- The program is comprised of 8-12 weekly workshops for a small group of attendees.
- A facilitator leads the program, ensuring each workshop is educational and informative.
- Child care for participants is provided on site, at the Kottage.
- A ‘basic shelf’ food hamper is provided that contains basic cooking ingredients, most of which can be kept for a long time without refrigeration. (One ‘basic shelf’ costs approximately $300.00).
- Participants receive "The Basic Shelf Cookbook": designed to utilize the basic shelf of ingredients, with tips on how to shop for food, store food and cook with a limited amount of money.
To participate in the Basic Shelf Program