leahjenningsby Leah C. Jennings

While a quick trip to the nearest grocery store may take some a few minutes, for other folks, they aren’t so lucky. Unfortunately, there are pockets across the United States where the nearest grocery store includes long bus rides, bus transfers and a lot of time, limiting access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy food.

For those of you who face this reality, here’s some hope for you: You can still eat great food with a little planning:


  • Make a plan. Take some time each week to plan what you want to eat the following week. With a plan, it’ll make your grocery trip easier and more affordable.
  • Shop at your local farmers market. Farmers markets have tons of locally-grown produce for much cheaper than grocery stores, making it a great option to purchase healthy food while staying within your budget.
  • Buy in bulk and freeze items. If transportation is an issue, bring a friend on your grocery trip and stock up on food for the next two weeks. Most fresh produce can be kept longer if frozen properly. [http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze.html]
  • Purchase frozen fruit and vegetables. Some of the most healthy foods come in a frozen variety, so buy as many frozen packs of broccoli, brussel sprouts and mixed berries as you can!