The Food Bank's consignment table at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market contains fresh food grown by local gardeners throughout the city. People shopping for produce can get healthy foods on a budget.
Customer Lee Fitzhugh searches the produce at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. The farmers markets, put on by the Food Bank, take SNAP benefits, and the organic produce is cheaper than that sold in stores.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving, you should be worrying about how you're going to fit all those people around the table, how to make pie crust and what time dinner will be ready - not how you're going to afford everything.
Betty Baker plucks a box of cherry tomatoes in the produce department at the 99 Cents Only Store. Ian Thielke stocks vegetables at right. With grocery costs creeping up, shoppers are turning to the inexpensive chain of dollar stores.
"Many people do not have the cash flow to stock up the way you
do. The economy has really hurt the budget of the average family
and they are no longer able to shop the way they used to, such as
taking advantage of the sales and buying extra.