Friday, February 4, 2011

Shopping Experience at Quest

As a recent recruit to the Quest volunteer team, I feel constantly both thrilled and fortunate to be able to spend a $13 voucher in exchange for working a 4 hour shift. Shortly after taking photos of the day's produce at our 2020 Dundas Street location, I typically do my shopping. Today I was able to pick up the following with my total falling just short of $13: a French baguette, naan bread, and a package of 6 pizza shells; a package of rice crackers that I know for a fact are 3 times the price at my local grocery store; an head of cabbage; 5 bunches of dandelion greens which my rabbits will enjoy thoroughly; 2 hefty and healthy-looking celery bunches; some crispy kale; a bottle of marinated herbed garlic cloves; packages of firm and medium tofu; and 2 bottles of mango fruit smoothie.

Needless to say, I can deal with the ever-changing in-store supply - for instance, last week I was able to find some great cherry tomatoes, a 4 litre jug of milk, and Greek yogurt, items which I'd never seen in stock before - especially when my voucher allows me to feel much more comfortable about my own food situation and security, granting me that piece of mind which not surprisingly often comes with real and good food.

Amy Tran,
Quest Volunteer

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