Join the effort: Help CBC document the cost of food and share tips for a tough winter

Food prices are rising, and that means a tough winter for many. We're gathering tips, highlighting what works and shining a light on what's happening. Subscribe here for updates and to help.

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Rising prices have made a trip to the grocery store more difficult for many in Calgary. (Elise Stolte/CBC)

Peanut butter, cooking oil, chicken — what hasn't increased in price over the past year?

Vibrant Communities Calgary found the average family is spending $220 more per month on groceries this year over last. That can be tough on a tight budget.

This is why CBC Calgary is launching a special focus on food stress and insecurity.

But we don't want to simply produce a bunch of stories this season and walk away. We really want this to make a difference. And for that, we need your help.

If you care about the high cost food, will you be part of our texting community? Will you share your tips and tell us what stories you think we should tackle next?

Subscribe above with your cellphone number. We'll send you an update a week and ask your advice for our next steps. It's free as long as you have a cellphone plan that covers text messaging, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

You can also sign up and read an FAQ on the texting app here.

Thank you in advance for your support!

If you don't have a cellphone, feel free to email your ideas to journalist Elise Stolte at Let me know what food-related story you'd like to see on CBC Calgary. 



Elise Stolte


Elise Stolte has 15 years of experience telling the stories of her community and has been recognized for feature writing, social-impact and community-based journalism. She previously worked for the Edmonton Journal and joined CBC Calgary last year. You can reach her at


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