Volunteers needed for Cost of Eating project

Work involves going into selected grocery stores in Fraser Health communities and recording prices of specific food items

Are you interested in food security? Are you looking to gain some volunteer experience?

Fraser Health is looking for volunteers to help out with the 2015 Cost of Eating project.  The Cost of Eating is an advocacy tool that measures how much it costs to eat a healthy diet in different regions across B.C.

The work involves going into selected grocery stores in Fraser Health communities and recording prices of specific food items. Volunteers will choose which Fraser Health communities they wish to volunteer in.  Communities include anywhere from the Burnaby and Delta borders all the way east to Chilliwack and Hope.

Volunteers will need to be available for a training webinar on how to collect the data. The actual pricing of the foods needs to be done between May 25 and June 5. Food costing at each store takes approximately one and a half to two hours. The total amount of time involved will depend on how many stores the volunteer chooses to cost. Volunteers may choose to work in pairs or alone.

Good skills to have: attention to detail, accuracy when collecting data, and having an interest in food.

Those interested are asked to contact elizabeth.thomas@fraserhealth.ca

For more information on the Cost of Eating go to:

dietitians.ca/Secondary-Pages/Public/The-Cost-of-Eating-in-British-Columbia.aspx