Local Choice, originally trialled in FreshChoice supermarkets in Ranui and Glen Eden has now developed into a resource available for the whole community to help families shop for, and eat, nourishing affordable food with zero waste.

Local Choice Family Kai is a resource that provides a plan for 5 dinner meals for a family of 6 (two adults and 4 children under 10) or 4 adults for $50 and was co-created alongside west Auckland community members in collaboration with Auckland Council’s Love Food Hate Waste team and WasteMINZ as a solution to address the challenges around eating healthy affordable food.

Booklets provide four weeks of easy to follow recipes (5 dinner meals per week) and tips to reduce food waste while cooking and preparing dinner.  

Local Choice was trialled in FreshChoice supermarkets in Ranui and Glen Eden was a success. The supermarkets are now offering a pre-order and pick up system in which will save families time and will guarantee the pre-packed ingredients will be $50. The $50 cost is based on using low-cost ingredients including seasonal fresh vegetables.

However, the resource can be used when shopping in any supermarket or food store. The 5 meals for $50 may vary between stores and regions. The booklet can be downloaded free of charge here

Image: Team members from WasteMINZ, Healthy Families Waitakere and Auckland Council supporting Love Food Hate Waste