Where do you live? Your location can entirely dictate what you eat and how you might be able to get assistance.
At the moment things are pretty good. I can’t say I’ve quite been in that boat, but I’ve had a period or two where I’m on the dock, looking out at the boats and thinking they might be where I am next.
May I ask what is your kind of day to day or month to month strategy for food at the moment?
I don’t have so much problem for that since i don’t pay rent (live in a squat) and we practice “récup”: we organize with fellow neighbors in need and other comrades to pick up leftovers from markets/supermarkets. This can be bindiving with big bags attached to your bags, or truckloading from a supermarket where you know some people working (or had contact with the manager). Also worth noting, depending on where you live, shoplifting (if you can pay in case you get caught) can be pretty low-risk and high-yield.
Good luck with your current struggles, don’t hesitate to keep us posted with tips and tricks that help you. My personal trick is always to organize. When we’re alone, we’re isolated and preyed upon. There is strength in gathering with comrades to address needs collectively. Getting in touch with a local infoshop, self-organized social center, squat or anarchist library can be a good place to start meeting people with similar interests/needs.
EDIT: Should we maybe have a “struggling” , “precarity” or “homeless” community for such discussions?
There is https://lemmy.ml/c/poor
.30 - .50 ($) per lb is my target rate for food but it can vary
I was kind like that a couple of months ago, I was just barely making it through the month (tbh I did spent considerable amounts of money on alcohol/tobacco/weed which could maybe had helped me to get more food, but I can’t stand life without drugs, so yeah) but now the person with whom I live got a shitty job at a fast food place so we’re kind of okay.
There is an app called Too good to go that alerts you when a shop/cafe/ect is selling food at a discount price. This is supposed to be food that they would usually throw away so it should be cheap.
This app is developed by a startup making money out of leftovers. That’s highly unethical, especially considering those leftovers are/were depended upon by very precarious folks practicing bindiving. It’s almost literally taking food out of poor people’s mouths to resell it.
This doesn’t stop bindiving as there will still be leftover food. Bindiving is illegal and/or discouraged on many places so its not like this will have that much of an impact. If anything it will reduce waste as less food will be thrown away.
On balance I think this app make cheap food more available, which is a good thing imo.
In several cities i’ve been through in France, TooGoodToGo has effectively replaced bindiving in many supermarkets.
Ahh ok, I didn’t realise you had first hand experience.
If they would throw it away, then it’s immoral to charge money for it, especially for people who can’t afford the food at a normal price
I get my produce for free from community gardens. I do some volunteer work for them as IT and manual labor depending on their need 1x a month. My wife and are doing very well, we prefer to get our produce from the locals and support them when we can.
Everything else we get for super low using coupons and rebates.
We get out meat from a local butcher. It’s cheaper than store bought alternatives with the exception of Costco’s Kirkland’s Chicken drumsticks.
Yes, there are ways to get food for free – if you can spare some time at least. Just recently I joined a foodsharing network, but more time is needed to pick up the food. However, it does save a lot of money if you do it strategically.
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