Every two weeks our house parents shop for all the food, school snacks, and fruits and veggies the kiddos will need in the homes. It’s an activity that takes up most of the morning, but from time to time one or two of the kids tag a long for fun. Groceries in Costa Rica are not cheap. The average Costa Rican eats a simple diet of chicken, pork, rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, and pasta. Fish is popular, but it is expensive. The supermarkets look like the ones in the USA. They tend to carry a lot of the products that cater to North Americans; however, you can expect to pay a premium. The grocery bill for the children's homes is close to half our budget each month!