Living on a Survival Budget Program

A Program of the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre, Funded by Region of Waterloo Public Health

Living On A Survival Budget helps people plan and budget for nutritious, affordable meals. The program is led by community members who provide support to the group through their training and life experiences.

The program has 3 streams: 

Ready Program: The Ready Program introduces people to Canada's Food Guide.  Participants in Ready meet once a week for 12 weeks. Weekly sessions include preparing and eating healthy snacks and simple meals.

Set Program: The Set Program is an intermediate course that expands on the content of Ready. Set participants develop intermediate budgeting, shopping and cooking skills in weekly sessions. Sessions include working together to prepare healthy snacks and meals. The Set Program includes a larger monthly meal, and shopping trips to stores and the Kitchener Farmer's Market. Participants of Set meet once a week for 12 weeks.

Go Program: Go is an advanced program for people who have participated in Set.  Go is supported by group leaders, but is a completely self-directed program. Participants meet twice monthly throughout the year, once to plan, and once to collectively prepare a community meal.

You can see the poster for the program here.

For more information about the program, or to make referrals, please contact:

Charla Adams

Living On A Survival Budget

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

44 Francis Street, South

Kitchener, ON  N2G 2A2


Phone: 519-745-4404

Fax: 519-745-3709

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