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Easy Choice to feed Kiwi families for $60

Wednesday, July 11, 2018   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: families, nutrition, healthy food

Waimakariri District Council media release: 10th July 2018

Easy Choice – Family Kai is a new initiative supported by Waimakariri District Council that aims to feed families for $60 a week.

Cover of winter edition of Easy Choice - Family Kai. Easy Choice - Family Kai is a seasonal meal planner and recipe book produced by Love Food Hate Waste and distributed locally by Waimakariri District Council. The book consists of four weeks of five dinner meal plans that will feed a family of six for approximately $60 a week.

“We know how hard it can be at this time of year for families when they are facing high power bills and expensive vegetable prices,” said Kitty Waghorn.

“Easy Choice makes it possible for lower income families to stick to a budget while still eating healthy and delicious food.”

Easy Choice employs many different strategies to help keep the cost of food low while ensuring that each meal is healthy and balanced - from making sure that no food goes to waste to utilising frozen vegetables and using the leftovers from one meal to make another.

“Research shows that meal planning is one of the most effective ways to reduce food waste,” said Love Food Hate Waste’s Jenny Marshall.

“With Kiwi families throwing away three shopping trolleys of food a year, meal planning can make a real difference to how much money they are spending and what they are eating. Easy Choice makes it easy for a family to follow a meal plan as we have already done the hard work of planning, creating recipes and making sure the ingredients fit into the $60 budget.”

Each week’s ingredients should cost approximately $60, although this may vary based on produce prices, the supermarket you shop at and weekly specials.

The winter edition of Easy Choice is the second of four seasonal meal planners to be released, following the launch of the autumn edition in April. The spring booklet will follow in October with the summer plan being released in January.

The Waimakariri Disitrict Council will be handing out copies of the autumn and winter editions of Easy Choice to people who talk to our team at the Love Food Hate Waste stall during the Waimakariri Winter Festival (Saturday 21st July 2018).

Download the Winter edition of the Easy Choice – Family Kai meal planner and recipe book [PDF].

About Easy Choice - Family Kai

Easy Choice developed out of an initiative started by Healthy Families Waitakere and the Fresh Choice supermarkets in Ranui and Glen Eden in West Auckland that offered all of the ingredients for the five dinners in the meal planner for a family of 6 at a guaranteed price of $60.

Love Food Hate Waste saw the opportunity to extend the concept nationwide to allow more families to access cheap and healthy meals no matter where they lived. Hard copies of the booklet are being distributed by Waimakariri District Council and other councils via social service agencies around the country.

For more information on the Easy Choice - Family Kai initiative, contact:

  • Kitty Waghorn at the Waimakariri District Council (0800 965 468 or solid.waste[at]; or
  • Sarah van Boheemen at Love Food Hate Waste (027 848 6664 or sarah[at]

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch