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Help with your groceries

I’ve posted on multiple moms groups and get a lot of questions about this, so I figured I’d share here too for people who don’t know.

WECAN is a bulk-buying program for meat and fresh produce. It does NOT have a threshold for income, meaning that you don’t have to be low income or on AISH to access it, it’s open to the public.

There are multiple pickup locations with varying times so you can likely find a depot in the city to work for your needs. If you can’t pick up you can send someone for you. If you don’t know anyone in the city at all who could pick up, talk to them about that and see if they can help you out. I have found them to be very accommodating. The volunteers who run the program are wonderful people.

For $25, you get 3 frozen meats, 3 fresh fruits and 3 fresh veggies.
For example, an order might contain:
Ground beef, chicken thighs and sausages
Apples, cantaloupe, oranges
Carrots, potatoes, celery

Each order will vary slightly but they don’t give random stuff that you can’t use. YOU CAN REQUEST NO PORK. I have been using this program for well over a year now and have always had fresh produce, and I order 4 full orders each time.

You can specify your orders too. Like if you need more meat, you can pay for that. It’s $25 for a complete order, the meat portion is $15, produce $10. I had tried to see if I could price match and use coupons to get my food that cheap and I just couldn’t do it.

I have been able to set a budget and stick to it using this program. It covers the basics, I add in dairy and pantry items as needed. I pay once a month, pick up once a month, and then repeat.

Times have been tough for many of us over the last while, this is a great way to be able to budget and lower food costs.

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  3. Jessie Marie Jessie Marie says:

    Tara Leah we should check this out

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    Tariq Syed for future reference

  5. Candy Ford Candy Ford says:

    I did this for several years when my children were young! I tell single parents about this program all the time! I never regretted it ever. Excellent value for the money.

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  7. Thank you for this! I have been using WECAN for a few years now, when I worked near MacEwan I picked up from there. Never had an issue with any of the meat or produce, and loved that at Christmas time we had a choice between meats for a nice dinner. I would order lots of packages and if we couldn’t get to all the fruit (like bananas were browning after a week) then it would go into baking. Of course there’s always going to be someone to crap on a program like this or proclaim they can do it cheaper but I was never able to. To get a 2lb bag of carrots, 5lbs of potatoes, celery bunch, 7 apples, 5 oranges and 5 kiwi for $10 is tough and when you can find them that cheap, the fruit is usually pretty ripe, and has to be eaten right away. The produce I get from WECAN has always been really nice. And the nice thing is the one I use now, the lady gives a call the night before to remind people to pick up.

  8. Carmen Shaw Carmen Shaw says:

    I have used this in the past and it’s wonderful. I plan on starting up again.

  9. Thank you Wecan employee but anyone who is truly low income knows the first thing to give up is meat.

    Most people here eat way more than they need and it’s a huge waste of money. Rice and potatoes are the way to go when on a budget

  10. It’s a great resource

  11. I will add an unpopular opinion but I tried Wecan twice and was not happy. Maybe it was specific place, maybe I didn’t know how to substitute but what I got for $25 was more expensive than buying it myself.
    I usually shop for meat at Real Canadian Wholesale so I buy lots at one time, bring it home, cut up into what I need, freeze with marinade for example.
    I buy my produce at H&W.

    I got things my kid could not eat though I specified that. I mentioned it and was told no substitution so remind them next time. Same thing happened.

    But still, in the end of it, even without issues I am finding I can get the same cheaper if I plan my budget and stores and coupon etc. Maybe not much cheaper but more of what I prefer.

    Again that’s just been my experience. But I know most love it and it is a good value for the price

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