This page contains information about the Easy Choice Family Kai initiative.
18/07/2018 12:00 a.m.
Council is supporting the Easy Choice – Family Kai initiative that aims to help families get fed for $60.
Easy Choice - Family Kai is a free seasonal meal planner and recipe book available from Council’s service centres and libraries.
It contains four weeks of five dinner meal plans that will feed a family of six for approximately $60 a week.
“We know how hard it can be at this time of year for families when they are facing high power bills and expensive vegetable prices,” said Council’s senior waste engineer David Lindsay.
“Easy Choice makes it possible for lower income families to stick to a budget while still eating healthy and delicious food.”
The books contain lots of ways to help keep the cost of food low while ensuring that each meal is healthy and balanced - from using frozen vegetables to making sure no food goes to waste by using leftovers from one meal to make another. “Meal planning is one of the most effective ways to reduce food waste,” said Love Food Hate Waste’s spokesperson Jenny Marshall.
“Kiwi families are throwing away three shopping trolleys of food a year, but meal planning can reduce that. People can keep track of how much money they are spending and what they are eating. Easy Choice makes it easy for a family to follow a meal plan as we have already done the hard work of planning, creating recipes and making sure the ingredients fit into the $60 budget.” The winter edition of Easy Choice is the second of four seasonal meal planners to be released, following the launch of the autumn edition in April. The spring booklet will follow in October with the summer plan being released in January 2019.