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Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) – ALICE in Centre County
ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county, sometimes referred to as the working poor.
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TEFAP-Best Practices to Minimize Food Waste
TEFAP State agencies and eligible recipient agencies work to feed those in need in part by facilitating the donation of food that may otherwise go to waste.
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Family Meals Matter
Family meals offer benefits for health, nutrition, and family life.
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CSFP

News & Notes

Welcome to this special edition of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) e-letter! We are pleased to devote this issue to informing you of the exciting changes to the CSFP Food Package that will be implemented in November 2019. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has worked with our CSFP state and local agency partners and with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to plan and deliver improvements that will benefit those who participate in this monthly food package program. The improvements better align with https://www.choosemyplate.gov/">MyPlate recommendations and allow CSFP providers to offer more variety and flexibility within each food package category. Some of the changes you will see include:

  • Double the amount of vegetables 
  • More protein, including plant-based proteins such as canned beans and lentils
  • Changing some foods to pack sizes that are more appropriate for small households and allow participants to receive a greater variety of foods
  • Changes that allow all food to be distributed on a monthly basis

View the CSFP Food Package Monthly Distribution Rates Effective November 1, 2019 to see all the details of what the food package categories and offerings will look like with these enhancements.

Please keep reading and click on the hyperlinks throughout this edition to learn more about the changes and resources available to help you prepare for the transition. 

CSFP Food

This photo shows what a sample CSFP food package could look like when the changes go into effect in November 2019.

 

Learn How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half, With or Without Coupons

Here are just a few of our favorite grocery saving tips to get your started:

SavingTips Rule: "If it's not on sale, it doesn't go in the cart!"


Save Money on Frozen Foods

Frozen pie crusts are a great convenience, but you'll save quite a bit by making your own at home.  And they'll taste better too!

Save Money on Juices
Water down your children's juice cups with 1/3 - 1/2 water. Not only does this save money, but it also saves the amount of grams of sugar going into our children, and on their teeth!

Save Money on Pet Supplies
I buy large cans of dog food which I halve for 2 feedings. Stores sell 12 cans for around $7 which is better than paying $1 a can.

Save Money on Canned Foods
Buy FRESH grocery items instead of canned, when in season.

Save Money on Produce
If you buy a large bag of produce (instead of individual produce items), and the bag contains one or more bruised or spoiled items, remove the damaged produce as soon as you get home.  One spoiled item can affect the rest of the bag if it's not removed soon

Save Money on Meats
The very best time to buy ham is before or after the holidays, they are always on sale!  After preparing a large ham for one meal, simply divide the leftovers into family size portions and freeze.

Save Money on Sodas
Of course the best way to save money on sodas is to start drinking water instead, it's also much healthier. If you can't cut the soda habit completely, try just cutting your family's consumption in half.  That will help. Sales for these products vary from week to week, but I have noticed when Coke products are on sale Pepsi products are not, and vice versa.  So, either stock up when your brand of choice is on sale or switch back and forth depending on the sale.  At our local stores, a 2-liter name brand soda on sale may cost about .99 cents, while a 2-liter not on sale may cost up to $1.79.

More Tips

  • Many grocery stores are offering great deals during the holidays, some are even giving away food, or cash! Read the paper every week for your local deals, or if you don’t subscribe to the newspaper, pick up the free ad flyers at the store and take it home so you’ll have time to look it over really good before shopping.
  • When you're visiting the Grocery site, grocerysavingtips.com, you'll be able to read hundreds of our free tips on saving money at the grocery store and cut your food bill in half, with or without coupons!
  • Compare prices! I like to buy whatever’s on sale at one store, then a few days later when we need more milk anyways, I go to a different store and get their best deals.  It’s a great money-saver!
  • Store brands are great when making casseroles and side dishes… no one will even notice!
  • Cook your turkey in a large Reynolds cooking bag and you won’t need to buy an expensive Butterball, any brand of Turkey should turn out great!
  • Stock up while everything’s on sale, just an extra can or box here and there…