Elderly Access to Organic Food

Obtaining Organic, Fresh Food on a Budget

Joanna Nowak, Natalie Leoni, Carissa Townsend, Gino DiVittorio
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Peppers are a good thing to buy organic, because they do not have peels. Here you can see red peppers at Strawberry Fields!

University of Illinois research shows that “one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources.” This unfortunate phenomenon is called food insecurity. Seniors with food insecurity have a higher likelihood of certain health issues, including diabetes, high cholesterol, gum disease and high blood pressure.

Supermarkets are often a go-to when shopping on a budget, however, some of these conventional markets lack in organic options. It is entirely possible for senior citizens to shop organic, get the necessary nutrients and not break the bank.

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Locations of Strawberry Fields and Common Ground relative to the bus stops surrounding each store

Thankfully, elders can readily obtain health food at The Food Co-Op or Strawberry Fields. Both of these stores can be easily accessed by bus, so one does not need to have a car or driver’s license to access these food items.

Shopping organic for the first time can definitely be overwhelming. There are a lot of tips and things to consider when shopping organic. Check out our walkthrough at Strawberry Fields for some basic tips, but also remember to consider the following:

If anyone feels the need to get some hands-on help in terms of shopping and eating organic, there are also resources for that. Common Ground Food Co-Op offers a variety of classes about organic food. You can hear what we learned by attending a Common Ground class. They taught us how to shop organic and save!

Ultimately, when shopping organic on a budget, it is important to do some research. You can cut costs by buying some items conventionally, but make sure you carefully consider when doing so. In the end, organic food provides more benefits–especially for the elderly–and decreases the intake of unnecessary additives.

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