Everyone has a favorite place to shop for food. For those on tight budgets, low price is often the main draw. The following is a list of retailers, wholesalers and co-ops that offer food more cheaply than can be found in regular grocery stores.
Retail and wholesale outlets, some of which have minimum order requirements, membership fees or other requirements:
Marlin Sales Corp., 1451 Okie St. NE, Washington, 202-526-1700: Canned and packaged groceries available at discount prices. Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Imperial Produce Co., 350 Morse St. NE, Washington, 202-544-3666: Fresh produce available by the crate. Midnight to 2 p.m.
Green's Cash 'N Carry, 1110 Okie St. NE, Washington, 202-635-2000: A distributor serving small grocery stores in the area with packaged grocery items available. Minimum $200 order, cash only. Monday through Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Washington Cash 'N Carry, 1270 4th St. NE, Washington, 202-543-9500. Grocery items available by the case. Monday through Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
A. Litteri Inc., 517 Morse St. NE, Washington, 202-544-0183. Italian food sold in institutional or consumer packages. Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Food Service, South Dakota Avenue and Riggs Road NE, Washington, 202-526-4940. Meat, poultry, frozen seafood, canned goods and paper supplies. Delivery service available for orders of $500 or more. Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
O Street Meats, 7th and O Streets NW, Washington, 202-265-7567. Fresh poultry, beef and pork available from one-pound quantities and up. Discounts on meat sold by the case. Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Frank A. Serio & Sons, Inc., Cash 'N Carry, 8441 Dorsey Run Rd., Jessup, 800-877-4496 or 301-498-0110. Baking supplies, including doughnut mixes, flour, sugar, nuts, raisins, yeast and spices. Outlet store open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Organic Farms, 10714 Hanna St., Beltsville, 301-595-5151. Fresh produce and organically grown packaged goods sold at warehouse outlet. Thursday noon-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ann's House of Nuts, 601-1 Dover Rd., Rockville, 301-424-0900. Nuts, dried fruits, raisins and chips in five-pound quantities. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pace Membership Warehouse Inc., Landover, 301-386-4821 and Laurel, 301-470-6006. Must pay annual membership fee.
The Price Club, Fairfax, 703-222-2800; Suitland, 301-423-6303; and Gaithersburg, 301-417-1500. Must pay annual membership fee.
The Continental Baking Co. Thrift Stores. Wonder Bread products available at discount. Eight stores located in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
Pepperidge Farm Thrift Stores. Pepperidge Farm products available at discount. Stores in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Northeast Washington.
The following stores are food co-ops, run on a nonprofit basis. Most sell bulk cheese, beans, grains, honey, peanut butter, oils and soy sauce, as well as nuts, spices, and yeast. Volunteers who work specified hours per month get discounts or are paid in food.
Glut Food Co-op, 4005 34th St., Mount Ranier, 301-779-1978. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bethesda Food Co-op, 7945 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, 301-320-2530. Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Uncommon Market, 1035 S. Edgewood St., Arlington, 703-920-6855. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Co-op, 623 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, 301-588-6093. Monday 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Also, the SHARE program (Self Help and Resource Exchange), a community-based program sponsored by Associated Catholic Charities of Washington and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, provides $35 worth of food for $13 and two hours of service to the community. Registration sites are located around the metropolitan area. For more information, contact SHARE, 5170 Lawrence Pl., Hyattsville, 301-864-3115.